The Business of Strangers Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 3, 2002
Intelligently addresses provocative issues... with two electrifying actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 25, 2001
Feels contrived despite the worthy contributions of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 18, 2001
A consistently intriguing, if not completely satisfying, portrait of sexual politics inside and beyond the boardroom...worth searching out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 14, 2001
It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2001
It's all a tour de force for Channing, who hasn't had a movie role this meaty in years.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 14, 2001
It is involving less because of the sexual winkery and neo-Mamet dialogue, but because Channing and Stiles are expert at verbal drilling and insinuation.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 14, 2001
[Channing] tears into the part as if it were a raw slab of meat.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 14, 2001
Boasts barbed-wire performances from both actresses.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 14, 2001
A movie that feels throughout like a stage play underimagined in its transfer to film.
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
December 14, 2001
Countless films attempt to explicate the feelings of women working in a male-dominated corporate world, but few have cut so much to the bone as Patrick Stettner's The Business of Strangers.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 14, 2001
This is writer-director Patrick Stettner's first film and, though modest in scale, it is uncommonly well-constructed and rich.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 14, 2001
It's grim out there, to be sure, but it is in many ways a riveting spectacle to survey from the safety and comfort of the movie theater.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 14, 2001
All that prevents Julie from turning into a stock-ticker symbol and Paula from being the poster girl for provocateurs are Channing and Stiles, who appear to draw on their own experiences.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 14, 2001
Channing and Stiles are the right choices for these roles. They zero in on each other like heat-seeking missiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 14, 2001
It does at least float a few ideas worth discussing, and it's kept interesting by the powerful performances of Channing and Stiles.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
December 14, 2001
The Business of Strangers doesn't press on to any of the more dangerous questions it hints at.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 13, 2001
Plays largely like a performer's showpiece, with all the showboating and not so surprising character twists that entails, but Stettner comes out the other end with a pleasantly modest and satisfying revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 13, 2001
The dynamic between [Stockard] Channing and [Julia] Stiles is as compelling as a freeway wreck.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 13, 2001
With any luck, it should earn Ms. Channing an Oscar nomination and mark Mr. Stettner as an astute observer of cultural mores.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 13, 2001
Both actresses are terrific.
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