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Best Sellers

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Canada, United States · 2021
1h 40m
Director Lina Roessler
Starring Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Speedman, Ellen Wong
Genre Comedy, Drama

Harris Shaw, a cranky author suffering from writer's block for decades since his first novel's success, reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help out a young female publisher. The unlikely pairing comes together to help each other find new value in their profession.

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The Hollywood Reporter by 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.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Its portrait of an easy-target industry goes soft just when it needs a little added spine, while the film’s abrupt tonal transitions from jaunty comedy to cross-generational weepie occasionally come at the expense of the characters’ own credibility. But it’s the overarching niceness of “Best Sellers” that sees it through.


The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Its mere existence is a win, though. As is its ability to galvanize Lucy and Shaw’s relationship to help steer them through a third act that resonates on a frequency the rest couldn’t approach. It’s a testament to Plaza and Caine’s performances, too, since they are finally able to shake free of the hyperbolic hamming and prove why they were cast in the first place.


Original-Cin by Jim Slotek

Its script is undercooked and veers in random directions from its simple premise. But it has a heart, and two likeable leads who work well together.

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