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Management (2009)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 52

Critics Consensus: Clever and often beguiling performances by Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston can't revive this sweetly misguided stalker romance.

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Clever and often beguiling performances by Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston can't revive this sweetly misguided stalker romance.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 62,580


Movie Info

A traveling saleswoman, who sells cheap art to small companies and motels, has a fling with an aimless, underachieving motel manager who then pursues her all over the United States.

R (for language)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Stephen Belber
In Theaters:
Sep 29, 2009
Box Office:
IDP/Samuel goldwyn Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Management

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (52) | DVD (6)

There's more to Stephen Belber's debut than just manufactured whimsy, not least a wise and witty script, and some beautifully sketched side characters supporting two reliably charming leads.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

You watch Management thinking of the comedy Aniston and Zahn could have made, and wishing you were watching that movie instead.

Full Review… | July 10, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Random weirdness aside, Belber telegraphs this story arc from Sue's first drop-in to Podunk. Message received. No surprises here.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The trademark hitch in Aniston's line delivery is an effective shorthand for taking a leap of faith. In the case of both her character and her career, Management represents an admirable choice.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Management has two things going for it: Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. Luckily, those are two very good things.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Padding disguised as a feature-length screenplay.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A completely uproarious one-liner about Joe Strummer is still no reason to watch "Management." Had it stuck with insights on loners inadvertently backing themselves into emotional corners, rather than going for wackiness, it might have worked.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009

Forget logic here, there's a good cast, nice chemistry and warm feelings all around as they all fumble around for something to bring meaning to their lives.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009

So-so romcom about unlikely couple isn't too racy for teens.

Full Review… | September 28, 2009
Common Sense Media

Not the funny, sunny romp the trailer promises, but a weary, weak attempt at romantic comedy that's far from feelgood.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

For the most part, Management avoids the standard rom-com clichés in favour of something more delicate and heartfelt.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Times [UK]

Despite the obvious Norman Bates-ish resemblance, Zahn is clearly supposed to be dishy. The Zahn/Aniston pairing is without chemistry and there frankly isn't a spark of real life in the whole film.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Doing nothing to disprove the so-called Curse Of Friends is haphazard rom-com Management.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Daily Mirror [UK]

Unable to decide between being a romantic comedy, a zany farce or a thoughtful study of two emotionally repressed losers finding fulfilment, it ends up a mess; but an intriguing mess.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Financial Times

Zahn is adorable and Jennifer Aniston brings an endearing tartness to Sue but even their best efforts don't redeem the muddle of Management.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Daily Express

Gentle and very sweet, this low-key romance takes some rather random turns as it drifts toward the obvious conclusion. But it's very nicely played, and it still manages to catch us emotionally.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

Enjoyably offbeat indie romcom that's never particularly funny but gradually wins you over, thanks to a quirky, unpredictable script and great performances.

Full Review… | September 24, 2009

The only thing that prevents the entire thing from becoming an unpleasant mess is Zahn, an often comic character actor who has an endearing goofiness to him and to his performances.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Gentle, goofy and never mean, Management isn't earth-shaking. But it's a fuzzy warm blanket of a movie.

July 30, 2009
Kansas City Star

According to this misguided movie's wisdom, every woman should be so lucky to have her very own stalker to help her get her life in order.

Full Review… | July 14, 2009
Creative Loafing

Goes for broke on sentiment but overlooks important details that make decent films great.

Full Review… | July 8, 2009

Management should have definitely been called on to make some adjustments.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Management


The pathetic quality of Steve Zahn's performance is what really puts me off "Management" and all its zany morbidity. He fosters this dreamy hope for a woman who treats him like dirt, and in doing so finds himself. It's a degrading premise for anyone, even those who really are pathetic and lonely. And the whole, "A woman who doesn't have fun, needs a creepy man in her life to change everything," has been done, it has been done subtler and it has been more enjoyable. Women are not trophies, and they cannot be won with persistence. Though I found Zahn's antics a little more entertaining than the freak show I was dreading from the poster art, this film is still too mawkish and sad sack for my sensibilities. That and Aniston's performance is so dull and flat it might as well have been a slab of granite. There's nothing really touching or sentimental about this, until the end, when I cried, because I was relieved that it was finally over.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A little indie romcom about a seemingly odd couple who find a way through their apparent differences, fueled entirely by the appealing warmth of it's leads. Still the story sort of meanders around some making for some dull stretches.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Sweet, touching and surprise dramedy (comedy-drama) about love and insecurities. Jennifer Aniston had plenty of charisma as always but the film belongs undeniably to Steve Zahn. He is the type of actor who may not be an Oscar caliber yet, possibly because of his goofy presence, he does have the talent and the heart to get the job done.
The chemistry between Aniston and Zahn was real. Thumbs up!

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Wish I could give this one star because Zahn & Aniston are fun to watch but the film's so cliche, predictable & dumb that I just can't

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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