The movie's an eyeful, though, thanks to the intricate production design and many artworks on display; it's also an earful, thanks to Ennio Morricone's fittingly lush score.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2014-01-30
"The Best Offer" is at its best when it's decidedly weird.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-01-24
An uneven but weirdly mesmerizing drama/thriller, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer" offers an acting showcase to Geoffrey Rush.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2014-01-23
Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore... designs beautiful sets around Virgil, who holds the screen in nearly every shot.
Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, 2014-01-17
The film has several smart twists and surprises up its well-tailored sleeve.
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 2014-01-09
If its destination is patently obvious from the outset, the journey does at least offer scattered pleasures.
Mike D'Angelo, AV Club, 2014-01-09
Part of the pleasure in watching The Best Offer is the elegant, unassumingly suspenseful way it unfolds.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-01-03
Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery set against the sophisticated backdrop of Europe's art auctions, with charming input from Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.
Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-01-02
An intriguingly Hitchcockian premise gradually takes on a preposterous air in the art-world noir "The Best Offer."
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2014-01-03
The pic uses the polish of faux-sophistication and the cliched old-man/nubile-woman fantasy to distract viewers from dissecting the plot.
Jay Weissberg, Variety, 2014-01-02
Mr. Rush can't fly far on Mr. Tornatore's dialogue and workmanlike plotting, and Sylvia Hoeks, as Claire, doesn't bring a corresponding energy.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2014-01-01
None of it comes together in any satisfying way, unfortunately, because Tornatore telegraphs every revelation with head-slapping amateurishness.
Keith Uhlich, Time Out, 2013-12-31