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The Method (El Metodo) (2007)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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Seven candidates compete for an executive position at a multinational company. While the streets of Madrid are filled with anti-globalization demonstrators, candidates are assembled to be put through the final selection process for a single high-level position at a multinational corporation. From the outset, there is a palpably tense, competitive atmosphere among the group. Feelings of distrust increase when they realize they are aspiring for the same position, and that the Gronholm Method (a

Aug 14, 2007

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The movie doesn't trust that an illuminating comedy of pathetic people can be entertaining for long, so it sprinkles some hormones on the proceedings.

July 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The film loses some of its sting once the race narrows, but its outcome and the politically, emotionally astute fade-out are suitably devastating.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Method is a funny film that touches on a corporation's responsibility to society, the price of ambition and the persistence of workplace sexism.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Smartly and seamlessly blending a cast of talented Argentine and Spanish thesps, Pineyro seems to be testing how much cinema he can derive from a restricted space.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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...The Method is a tartly performed, compulsively watchable glass-tower And Then There Were None, in which the only blood that gets spilt comes from places that hurt the most: pride and ego.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Too clever by half, the plot contrivances deliver flippant satisfactions, and the agile performances keep the twists compelling, if less than credible.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Based on a stage play by Jordi Galcerán, The Method delivers a darkly comic take on corporate competitiveness.

August 18, 2007
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Undoubtedly some enterprising American film company will either undertake a remake or will pitch it as a new reality show ...

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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the hollowness of it all becomes deafening

July 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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...May not shed any new light on corporate avarice or mendacity, but it gives a stronger. cast the opportunity to play a delicate game of psychological cat-and-mouse with the viewer.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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There is a madness to The Method, and it is a fine madness.

July 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Anyone who has ever had to undergo a grueling interview for a job or for college admission will relate to this witty albeit stagey story of seven candidates competing together in one room for one job.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Ostensibly-inspired by The Apprentice, what this reality movie's missing most is a cocky host with a cotton candy-colored comb-over. How do you say, 'You're fired!' in Spanish.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb | Comment (1)
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Gripping but insignificant, The Method suggests Glengarry Glenn Ross with its teeth knocked out by Tony Soprano and nursed back to health by Mark Burnett.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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The film is delightful, like a quality Gilligan's Island for these nervous globalized times.

January 22, 2007
Reel.com

Una adaptación que no hace un gran esfuerzo por disimular su origen teatral y se sostiene gracias a un buen elenco y algunas sorpresas.

June 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
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Audience Reviews for The Method (El Metodo)

This movie had a really entertaining concept to work with, which allowed for it to basically take place in a single location like Phone Booth. Of course this movie doesn't take place in a phone booth, it takes place in a company conference room in a corporate building. Actually, about 95% of the movie takes place in that room.It is always interesting to see how a movie like this will turn out because you really need to find a way to keep the audience interested since the scenery and characters will most likely not be changing.The beginning of the movie is probably the most entertaining part. It starts out with a pretty good multiple screen sequence until the 7 characters finally enter the room. The character development and the problems that they are asked to solve are interesting and will keep you glued to the screen. Where many may start to lose interest though is in the middle when the characters start to decrease and you're left looking at the few faces that remain. At this point the story sort of dragged on and the few tests weren't all that interesting anymore. Also, by the end I didn't really find myself routing for anybody to be the selected applicant, although the ending tended to catch my interest again since I was eager to see who would win.The acting isn't too bad. For the most part, each character had their own identity and that really helped to keep the movie from becoming a complete bore fest.Overall, this movie had an interesting concept and story that played out well for the first half, but the second half is where it really lacked, except for the ending. Still, I have no regrets about watching it and it really gets you thinking about what you would do if a job interview went this way.
June 30, 2007
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Method" starts with five men and two women arriving at an office in Madrid for their third and final interview for an executive position with a company. This will be a group interview using the Gronholm Method. Their first task is to determine which of the seven applicants is a mole...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Method" is an incisive allegory about the abuse of power in a capitalist society. And in the case of corporations, there is a sense of entitlement when they have multiple applicants for the same position and can simply pick and choose however they please. The film highlights an extreme but not totally unrealistic tactic, the Gronholm Method, which turns out to be a complex form of sadistic degradation, setting the candidates against each other in order to tear each other down. So, is the carrot at the end of the stick really worth it? And why do we have to play their games, anyway? This is exactly why the protestors are out in the streets battling with the police.[/font]
July 16, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

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"El Método" is a very well acted movie shot basically in one set with a brief view of the contemporary wild capitalism through the dispute of qualified applicants to a direction position in a corporation. If you like movies with interesting argument, funny dialogs and very good performances, without any doubt, you'll enjoy with this movie.
June 17, 2010
John2223
John Me

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Good. The play is so much better, though.
June 26, 2008
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