• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Patrick Stettner
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 6, 2002
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The Business of Strangers Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

An uneven satire of the corporate world, Stettner's movie is inspired by LaBute's superior In the Company of Men, changing the gender of the protags into female execs on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

May 10, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Channing gives a marvelously chilling performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 9, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

What The Business of Strangers really boils down to is a couple of good performances and some really interesting dialogue.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

If The Business of Strangers clunks as a whole, at least several of its parts offer momentary pleasures.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C

March 19, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

'The Business of Strangers' partners one of Hollywood's most under-rated older actresses with arguably one of its most over-rated younger ones.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2003
Rich Cline
Film Threat

This is a stunning examination of issues of doubt and control, as well as a cracking good little thriller.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

[A] critique of embittered p.c. extremism...but Stettner can't restrain his yuppie-clan feminists from descending into misogynous caricatures.

Full Review

August 23, 2002
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

Patrick Stettner's female workplace drama has nowhere to go but down once its cards have been thrown down on the table

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine

August 5, 2002
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 5, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Written and directed by Patrick Stettner, it's a movie full of fascinating details and frustrating moments in which the meticulously drawn characters behave in ways that seem dictated by Stettner's plot rather than by their own personalities.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 9, 2002

Desn't teach us a whole lot, but while watching it, we're involved.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2002
Neil Smith

The inspired pairing of Channing and Stiles creates real dramatic fireworks.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2002
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Nothing adds up here, chronologically or emotionally.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

April 12, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

It's such a tag-team of acting goodness that it's a shame it's not a better film.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 3/4

March 5, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 18, 2002
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Channing, of course and as usual, commands the screen with a dynamic yet controlled fury that keeps you riveted on her every second the camera shows her face.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

January 18, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 18, 2002
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles.

January 17, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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
Stephen Farber

Stiles's character is finally too opaque, and the mind games she plays on Channing aren't clever or cruel enough to produce a satisfying denouement.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 15, 2002
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