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The Company

The Company (2003)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 38

Its deliberately unfocused narrative may frustrate some viewers, but The Company finds Altman gracefully applying his distinctive eye to the world of dance.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 11

Its deliberately unfocused narrative may frustrate some viewers, but The Company finds Altman gracefully applying his distinctive eye to the world of dance.



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A tale centering on the Chicago ballet company--the difficult daily work, the intense pressures of performance, the richly textured behaviors of the dancers--whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close.

Jun 1, 2004


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Altman ... whose intuition for placing the camera in just the right spot has always been impressive. In the dance scenes, it's flawless.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Altman thrusts upon the audience the responsibility of connecting the dots. But the dots don't connect, and instead of the resolution that generally follows tension, there is a feeling of having missed something.

February 26, 2004
Arizona Republic
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It neither adores nor disapproves of its players, which leaves the moviegoer a little clueless, and unmoved.

February 5, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The measured pace of The Company could tax the patience of some, but the dancing is so well executed, and so energetic, that only the most dance-averse members of the audience would likely object.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's a joy to watch these colorful characters, and their exacting, physically demanding dances, from a leisured distance.

January 23, 2004
Washington Post
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A minor work in the oeuvre of Altman or producer Vachon, this behind the scenes dance film exhibits the director's stylisic devices but lacks fresh and poignant insights.

March 23, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Excellent look at what goes into creating ballet.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Dance sequences, both in the studio and in performance, make up the symbolic and potent thrust of this enjoyable yet confined movie.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source:

A film about the dance world that really reaches out to everyone.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Eschews any concern with the cinematic foreground in favor of wide-angled pans across an expanded back cast encouraged to indulge in Altman's trademark overlapping dialogue.

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

[Altman's] trademarks -- invisible editing, doped-up zooms, overlapping conversations -- are all on display, but those looking for any sense of momentum will be disappointed.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

...can be read as a movie about movie-making, about how casts are assembled and tricked...into yielding something more profound than they might have thought themselves capable

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

[Altman] fondly documents the ins and outs of this notoriously exotic gang of artists as if he were an amateur anthropologist smitten by an eccentric tribe.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

My feeling is that The Company is meant to be enjoyed just as we would enjoy the dance it chronicles. It's a miscalculation, but not a grave offense.

June 20, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

The venerable Altman's distinctive eye remains undimmed.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Meanders aimlessly until eventually falling flat on its face.

May 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

By the time Campbell and her partner pair off for ... "My Funny Valentine," the film has become a love letter to the expanding the limits of artistic expression

April 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

To call this movie dramatically inert is to oversell it. This is one of the few non-experimental films that is virtually without plot.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

The real star of this movie is dance, and [director Robert] Altman -- with cinematographer Andrew Dunne -- has captured some of the finest footage I have seen.

April 9, 2004

The extended dance scenes don't match the experience of watching ballet live but The Company succeeds in conveying the fluid grace, the beauty that's possible in dance.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

A game try, and it's good to see Altman still at it, and still making his films his own way. But for me, at least, this one is a misfire.

March 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A numbingly nothing vanity project.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It never bored me, but it never truly moved me either. I liked it, but I wanted to fall in love with it.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Plays like a fly-on-the-wall documentary that wrapped production before anything interesting happened...

March 4, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for The Company

This was a really bad movie, I'm sort of ashamed that Robert Altman was connected to this project. Then why did I give it three stars? Mainly because the ballet sequences were stunning. When everybody just shut their mouths and started spinning, it was just magic.
April 30, 2011

Super Reviewer

Very odd. Not bad, just odd, which I have come to expect from Altman's films. There is no cohesive plot and no real character development. Neve Campbell is a wonderful dancer and does not oversell her role. Altman's signature camera really tells the story - long takes, wide shots, awkward placement.
June 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Alberto "Mr. A." Antonelli: Attention, babies. Its not the steps,babies. Its what's inside that really counts.That's when you really begin to soar. You see, thinking the movement is not becoming the movement.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Alberto "Mr. A." Antonelli: Robert, three things to remember--budget, budget, budget!
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Alberto "Mr. A." Antonelli: People are so bloody rude, occasionally. It's too much really.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Ry: I didn't appreciate being the last in the company to know about it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
    1. Alberto "Mr. A." Antonelli: What happened? Your all so pretty. You know how I hate pretty!
    – Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
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