The Business of Strangers (2001)



Critic Consensus: The Business of Strangers showcases a complex, compelling performance by Channing. Her interactions and clashes with Stiles make for riveting viewing.

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Patrick Stettner makes his feature debut with this edgy drama about backstabbing, downsizing, and headhunters. Middle-aged executive Julie Stryon (Stockard Channing) has risen through the ranks of the corporate ladder through her aggressive, take-no-prisoners style. At the end of a long business trip she learns that the CEO of her company is flying out to meet her, and she thinks that he is coming with a pink slip in hand. Furious, Julie impulsively fires precocious young consultant Paula Murphy … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Stettner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Box Office: $0.5M
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Critic Reviews for The Business of Strangers

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (37)

Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.

Full Review… | August 5, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Globe and Mail
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This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles.

January 17, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Leaves you with plenty to think about regarding the demands society places on working women, and the scorn they face when they choose career over family.

January 17, 2002
Miami Herald
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It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.

December 14, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Business of Strangers


Slight, but interesting. Julia Stiles plays troubled very well!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Ohhh... like it... kinda creepy.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Strong performances but mostly predictable

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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