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The Company Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 23, 2013
A minor work in the oeuvre of Altman or producer Vachon, this behind the scenes dance film exhibits the director's stylisic devices but lacks fresh and poignant insights.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Excellent look at what goes into creating ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
May 4, 2009
Dance sequences, both in the studio and in performance, make up the symbolic and potent thrust of this enjoyable yet confined movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A film about the dance world that really reaches out to everyone.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 25, 2007
Eschews any concern with the cinematic foreground in favor of wide-angled pans across an expanded back cast encouraged to indulge in Altman's trademark overlapping dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury
January 21, 2005
[Altman's] trademarks -- invisible editing, doped-up zooms, overlapping conversations -- are all on display, but those looking for any sense of momentum will be disappointed.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005
...can be read as a movie about movie-making, about how casts are assembled and tricked...into yielding something more profound than they might have thought themselves capable
| Original Score: B-
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
[Altman] fondly documents the ins and outs of this notoriously exotic gang of artists as if he were an amateur anthropologist smitten by an eccentric tribe.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 20, 2004
My feeling is that The Company is meant to be enjoyed just as we would enjoy the dance it chronicles. It's a miscalculation, but not a grave offense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
The venerable Altman's distinctive eye remains undimmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 11, 2004
Meanders aimlessly until eventually falling flat on its face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 28, 2004
By the time Campbell and her partner pair off for ... "My Funny Valentine," the film has become a love letter to the expanding the limits of artistic expression
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
April 23, 2004
To call this movie dramatically inert is to oversell it. This is one of the few non-experimental films that is virtually without plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
April 9, 2004
The real star of this movie is dance, and [director Robert] Altman -- with cinematographer Andrew Dunne -- has captured some of the finest footage I have seen.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
April 2, 2004
The extended dance scenes don't match the experience of watching ballet live but The Company succeeds in conveying the fluid grace, the beauty that's possible in dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 31, 2004
A game try, and it's good to see Altman still at it, and still making his films his own way. But for me, at least, this one is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
March 19, 2004
A numbingly nothing vanity project.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 19, 2004
Altman ... whose intuition for placing the camera in just the right spot has always been impressive. In the dance scenes, it's flawless.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
March 11, 2004
It never bored me, but it never truly moved me either. I liked it, but I wanted to fall in love with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 4, 2004
Plays like a fly-on-the-wall documentary that wrapped production before anything interesting happened...
| Original Score: 2/4
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