The Business of Strangers Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
January 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
If The Business of Strangers clunks as a whole, at least several of its parts offer momentary pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 25, 2001
Feels contrived despite the worthy contributions of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
December 7, 2001
Stettner's junior-league exertion to piece together the mismatched threads of his narrative undermines the success of the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
[A] critique of embittered p.c. extremism...but Stettner can't restrain his yuppie-clan feminists from descending into misogynous caricatures.
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
August 5, 2002
Patrick Stettner's female workplace drama has nowhere to go but down once its cards have been thrown down on the table
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 29, 2001
The fatal flaw of the film is that the characters are never quite believable, which precludes our getting emotionally involved in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Keen
Trades
November 20, 2001
Settles for a mockery of a discussion on rape.
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 4, 2001
The script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 6, 2001
Not all that entertaining despite the performances, and the ending is telegraphed from a mile away.
Dave White
IFilm
December 6, 2001
The demands of the 'let's get him' plot get in the way of character development.
Bob Aulert
culturevulture.net
December 10, 2001
Powerful performances from Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles are saddled with a slow-developing story.
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.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 14, 2001
A movie that feels throughout like a stage play underimagined in its transfer to film.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 15, 2002
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 12, 2002
Nothing adds up here, chronologically or emotionally.
Top Critic
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2001
Channing and Stiles share an appropriately uneasy chemistry together.
Top Critic
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008
Andrew Rodgers
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
January 22, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Anna Daly
Senses of Cinema
August 21, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
July 5, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Top Critic
David Rooney
Variety
May 20, 2008
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Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 22, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

FilmFour.com
May 7, 2002

Guardian
May 13, 2002

Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
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