Best Sellers

Best Sellers (Lina Roessler, 2021) Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman

A cranky, retired author reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help out a young publisher.

Guy Lodge:
It’s not hard to see where any of this is going, not least since a wintry, elegiac ambience permeates proceedings — particularly via Claudine Sauvé’s crisp, softly frosted lensing — from the get-go. But there’s some poignant pleasure in the journey, even as its spikier queries give way to carpe diem messaging and at least one insertion too many of The Great Gatsby’s oft-quoted final passage. Best Sellers aims to provide succor to any viewers fearful that nobody cares for the written word anymore: Here, it’s bound paper that finally holds drifting generations together. Variety.

Frank Scheck:
That Best Sellers works to the extent that it does is a testament to Caine’s ultra-professionalism — he truly is a treasure who can make any film worth watching — and Plaza’s canny underplaying. They work together so well, you wish they were in a better movie. Hollywood Reporter.

I thought this film was just fine. The professional reviewers I've referred to above have their own careers to make, which involves showing what they know, rather than what makes the film enjoyable.

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 31 October, 2021 | Now: 31 October, 2021