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The Company You Keep (2013)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 50

The Company You Keep is a (frustratingly) slow-burning thriller about very contemporary issues.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 20

The Company You Keep is a (frustratingly) slow-burning thriller about very contemporary issues.



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A wanted man and former member of the revolutionary militant group the Weather Underground goes on the run after a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) outs him in this political thriller based on Neil Gordon's novel. Robert Redford stars and directs this Voltage Pictures/Wildwood Enterprises production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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Aug 13, 2013


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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (50)

This is the most depressing movie ever made about radicalism.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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You can't help but applaud the effort, even as it falls short.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Redford the director keeps things moving smoothly, avoiding too many lengthy monologues while still getting the point across ...

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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A drama that's more than a look at what happened to a generation of socially aware hippies whose new drug of choice is likely Lipitor.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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What gets revealed should rattle, but it doesn't.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Far and away the most impressive thing about it is that Redford's ability to convince his famous friends to appear in small roles.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell

The Company You Keep is an effective, slow-burning mystery, boasting one of the most impressive casts of the last few years.

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Redford proves that he's still capable of making the sort of provocative political thrillers that would make a younger generation envious.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

Redford skillfully directs a cast so talented and comprehensive it threatens to overpower the briskly unassuming, but sharply written script.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Well-crafted, wellintentioned and well, just a tad dull, Redford's radical-chic-road-trip will appeal to the Senior Railcard crowd.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Welcome back, Mr Redford.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

[Director Robert Redford] deftly articulates the moral morass that can arise when idealism gives way to reality; he also has some very definite things to say about the way today's sensation-hungry, click-addicted media operates.

May 4, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Talk about timing. Whether it's good or bad remains to be seen.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Dreadfully near-catatonic pace that never makes you feel like there's much at stake.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source:

At the very least, this generation proves that they still have compelling stories to tell. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Things come together satisfyingly at the end, but by then the urge to jump out of one's theater seat has been in effect for at least 45 minutes.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

A tougher work might have seemed provocatively relevant in the tragic context of current events, but this film has a muted nostalgia for the days when bomb-tossing students had easy-to-pronounce names and might grow up to be as cleancut as Robert Redford.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An old-fashioned political drama that's well-intentioned and heartfelt.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clearly, Redford has no trouble drawing talent; if he's ever interested in remaking Meteor or Midnight in Paris, he's halfway there.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Robert Redford -- who once was an active liberal -- is now a tired capitalist. He's also a worn-out egotist.

April 27, 2013 Full Review Source:

[Redford] still manages to tell an interesting story of family painted against a political backdrop. It's not going to spark any great movements, but it is worth a sit in at the local theater.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

Redford's direction feels tighter and and less ruminative than it has in years, and his acting is still marked by a kind of intelligent alertness.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

No matter how much slack you cut it, The Company You Keep never quite lives up to expectation.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source:

This chase film combines elements of the thriller and newspaper procedural to create a contemporary saga about political idealism, stone-cold realities, and the repercussions of past deeds on future innocents.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Company You Keep

An under-rated, but good film starring, and directed by Robert Redford. The acting is solid throughout, and Shia LaBeouf is surprisingly good. It was a treat to see Julie Christie again, also! She still looks lovely. What makes this movie compelling is that it aims at the intellect. It is not just a movie about aging 60's activists, and extremists. It discusses the motivations, and philosophy of the period. Well done...
March 1, 2014

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It's just not a good story.
December 24, 2013

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"The Company You Keep" is one of those complex thrillers with some twists and turns, that just doesn't work out quite like it could have. I dunno what it was about it, but I didn't think it was as good as it could have been. It stars Shia LeBeouf as a reporter who learns the true identities of fugitives who had committed a murder 30 years prior. It weaves back and forth between him trying to find the truth, and one of fugitives trying to clear his name to remain with his daughter. The fugitive in question is played by Robert Redford(who also directs) and man he is still great after all these years. He has that "movie star" quality that a lot of actors just don't have anymore. The cast is great, even LeBeouf does a good job. Susan Sarandon, Sam Elliot, Terrance Howard, Richard Jenkins, among others round out the stellar cast. But the pacing and subject matter just don't really sustain(at least for me). I think if it focused more on Redford, and less on LeBeouf, it would have been better. But then again, it would have been a completely different movie. I love a good political type thriller(for example, "Ides of March" was pretty good)but this was just "meh". Maybe it was when I watched it(kind of late at night) and just wasn't as interested as I could have been. Maybe on a second viewing I will like it more. I can see why people will like it, because it is a smart movie. But at the same time, I can see how it will be off putting for others. Worth a rental? Sure, judge for yourself. But I'd pick up a spare movie just in case;-)
August 16, 2013
Everett Johnson

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Redford has assembled an amazing cast, excepting LeBeouf who can't keep up, to tell what should be a fascinating story but somehow misses the mark through slow pacing and a lack of sharp focus. Julie Christie is wonderful making more of her part than is on the page but Susan Sarandon isn't properly used as is true with all the talent involved. Not a terrible film it just could have been much more.
August 14, 2013
jay nixon

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