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The Benefactor


A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past.

Actors: Jeffrey Mowery , Rory Ogden , Andrea Havens , Derrick T. Lewis , Dennisha Pratt , Brian Anthony Wilson , Clarke Peters , Richard Gere , Theo James , Dakota Fanning
Directors: Andrew Renzi
Country: USA
Release: 2016-01-15
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  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi.

    Variety Full Review
  • David D'Arcy

    The actor’s comic sad clown performance lifts the film above an ordinary script.

    Screen International Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    That makes the role well tailored to its occupant: Gere stays within his range of moneyed playboys, while still getting to indulge in the kind of unflattering behavior that a more put-together Richard Gere character would never exhibit.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    More times than not, The Benefactor takes the less interesting fork in the road.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    While writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature narrative debut is problematic whenever Gere isn’t onscreen (and even sometimes when he is), the veteran star exudes a damaged magnetism reminiscent of the character studies that thrilled discerning moviegoers in the ’70s.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Sadly, The Benefactor proves less rich and engaging as it settles into its actual genre: It's yet another troubled-dude-starts-pulling-it-together tale.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Renzi's uneven script makes this a less sturdy vehicle than 2012's Arbitrage, and a less marketable one given the absence of thriller elements that sustained that film's character study. Still, there's plenty here for Gere's admirers to appreciate.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    It promises a minute character study, but Franny, though embodied by a game Gere who in all fairness does visit places in his performance we have rarely seen him even stop by before, is less a person than a collection of quirks.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    What begins as an intriguing psychological thriller devolves into an addiction drama, growing less interesting as it proceeds and giving costars Dakota Fanning and Theo James little to do.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    So long as the camera is studying Franny maniacally bestowing his largess or throwing temper tantrums, The Benefactor is mesmerizing. But Mr. Gere’s flamboyant performance is the sole raison d’être for this melodrama.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Old silver-fox Gere looks great. He’s almost embarrassingly charming — which is the point — but there’s not much else here.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Zilberman

    It isn’t unusual for a good premise to have a faulty execution. The Benefactor suffers from a conclusion that feels inauthentic to the real perils of addiction, as well as to its own story. The only remarkable thing about it is Gere, who really should stick to filmmakers worthy of his talent.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    Writer-director Andrew Renzi treats unfettered wealth as a hyperbolic playground through which to explore masculine insecurity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Fanning has little to do beyond grasping her prosthetic stomach, but James is a decent foil for Gere, who gives form to the highly topical subject of how pain meds destroy lives.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    Gere, an actor capable of great nuance, hams it up so mightily you’d think the film was sponsored by Boar’s Head.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    One of those what-were-they-thinking projects in which good talent is on very bad display.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    This movie is one big, unsatisfying tease. Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    As a memorable work of cinema, it misses every important mark by a mile.

    New York Observer Full Review