• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Patrick Stettner
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 6, 2002
  • IFC Films


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The Business of Strangers Reviews

David Rooney
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May 20, 2008

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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November 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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 22, 2002

Arizona Republic
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March 4, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 22, 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
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 Hunter
Washington Post
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It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

December 14, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's all a tour de force for Channing, who hasn't had a movie role this meaty in years.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

December 14, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Boasts barbed-wire performances from both actresses.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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This is writer-director Patrick Stettner's first film and, though modest in scale, it is uncommonly well-constructed and rich.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

December 14, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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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.

December 14, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

December 14, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Channing and Stiles are the right choices for these roles. They zero in on each other like heat-seeking missiles.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 14, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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

December 14, 2001
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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The dynamic between [Stockard] Channing and [Julia] Stiles is as compelling as a freeway wreck.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 13, 2001
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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With any luck, it should earn Ms. Channing an Oscar nomination and mark Mr. Stettner as an astute observer of cultural mores.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 13, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Mostly smart, spring-taut, low-budget indie drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

December 13, 2001
Charles Taylor
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At 83 minutes the movie is without a wasted movement.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 12, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[P]acks a big punch.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 10, 2001
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Incorporates a range of genres -- black comedy, thriller, psychological drama -- and emerges more powerful for it.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 7, 2001
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Stettner's] dialogue is cutting, often surprising ... and deals with male power and female resentment in tough, non-simplistic terms.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2001
Jan Stuart
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A showcase for three diamond-solid actors.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 7, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Very darkly funny, commenting on the corporate world in ways that seem fresh and original.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 7, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Crisp and provocative, and no small amount of its pleasure derives from Channing's dazzling performance.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Terrific piss-and-merlot performances of Channing and Stiles.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

December 7, 2001
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2001
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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With an intensity that few movies have mustered, The Business of Strangers makes you feel the acute loneliness of it all.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Basically a well-played two-hander.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

December 6, 2001
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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The script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 4, 2001
James Berardinelli
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Works because the dialogue is insightful and meaningful.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 4, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. Stettner has displayed an admirable flair for repartee devoid of malice and misogyny. That alone makes The Business of Strangers worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 29, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

November 15, 2001
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