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Management (2009)



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

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


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

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



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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.


Comedy, Romance

Stephen Belber

Sep 29, 2009


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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.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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You watch Management thinking of the comedy Aniston and Zahn could have made, and wishing you were watching that movie instead.

July 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Random weirdness aside, Belber telegraphs this story arc from Sue's first drop-in to Podunk. Message received. No surprises here.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Management has two things going for it: Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. Luckily, those are two very good things.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Padding disguised as a feature-length screenplay.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

October 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

September 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

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

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
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.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

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

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
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.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
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.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comments (2)
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.

September 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

July 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

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

July 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Weekly

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

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Management

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.
April 10, 2012

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!
May 18, 2010
Dean McKenna

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I have watched this movie all the way through and I must say that this took some time and several sittings.
Why? Because it was boring and contrived.
It wants to be an indie film so badly that it works in these forced, impossible awkward moments which, while played very well by Zahn and Harrelson, the other players just cannot pull it off.
Aniston cannot work in this part. She comes off as a brooding 'Rachel' (yes, I know that this line is cliche, but true). I'm sorry to say that as I think she has potential ("The Good Girl" showcasing some of this), but as much as I want to like her in this I cannot. She is a bad fit. Maybe Zooey Deschanel would have been better?
Woody Harrelson is great as always, but again how does this work into the point of the film?
This is a mish-mash of potential interest that crashes together and comes up pretty empty.
See it if you must for a few funny moments with Harrelson and Zahn as well as a few funny scenes, but really there is so much better you could do with your time.
2.5 stars.
March 12, 2010

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