The Company You Keep (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Company You Keep (2013)



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

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Lem Dobbs
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2013
Box Office: $5.1M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Robert Redford
as Jim Grant
Shia LaBeouf
as Ben Shepard
Julie Christie
as Mimi Lurie
Susan Sarandon
as Sharon Solarz
Nick Nolte
as Donal Fitzgerald
Chris Cooper
as Daniel Sloan
Terrence Howard
as FBI Agent Cornelius
Stanley Tucci
as Ray Fuller
Richard Jenkins
as Jed Lewis
Brendan Gleeson
as Henry Osborne
Brit Marling
as Rebecca Osborne
Sam Elliott
as Mac Mcleod
Jackie Evancho
as Isabel Grant
Stephen Root
as Billy Cusimano
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Critic Reviews for The Company You Keep

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (39)

This is the most depressing movie ever made about radicalism.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

Human connections the actors well establish are more convincing than political messages. . .Much is head-scratching and moral debates are more rueful than thoughtfully deep.

Full Review… | January 1, 2016
Maven's Nest

It feels like a relic from another time, which isn't exactly a bad thing.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Far and away the most impressive thing about it is that Redford's ability to convince his famous friends to appear in small roles.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013

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...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


It's just not a good story.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


"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;-)

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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