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The Business of Strangers Reviews

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January 3, 2002
Intelligently addresses provocative issues... with two electrifying actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2001
Feels contrived despite the worthy contributions of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2001
A consistently intriguing, if not completely satisfying, portrait of sexual politics inside and beyond the boardroom...worth searching out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 14, 2001
It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 14, 2001
It's all a tour de force for Channing, who hasn't had a movie role this meaty in years.
December 14, 2001
It is involving less because of the sexual winkery and neo-Mamet dialogue, but because Channing and Stiles are expert at verbal drilling and insinuation.
December 14, 2001
[Channing] tears into the part as if it were a raw slab of meat.
December 14, 2001
Boasts barbed-wire performances from both actresses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2001
A movie that feels throughout like a stage play underimagined in its transfer to film.
December 14, 2001
Countless films attempt to explicate the feelings of women working in a male-dominated corporate world, but few have cut so much to the bone as Patrick Stettner's The Business of Strangers.
December 14, 2001
This is writer-director Patrick Stettner's first film and, though modest in scale, it is uncommonly well-constructed and rich.
December 14, 2001
It's grim out there, to be sure, but it is in many ways a riveting spectacle to survey from the safety and comfort of the movie theater.
December 14, 2001
All that prevents Julie from turning into a stock-ticker symbol and Paula from being the poster girl for provocateurs are Channing and Stiles, who appear to draw on their own experiences.
December 14, 2001
Channing and Stiles are the right choices for these roles. They zero in on each other like heat-seeking missiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2001
It does at least float a few ideas worth discussing, and it's kept interesting by the powerful performances of Channing and Stiles.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 14, 2001
The Business of Strangers doesn't press on to any of the more dangerous questions it hints at.
December 13, 2001
Plays largely like a performer's showpiece, with all the showboating and not so surprising character twists that entails, but Stettner comes out the other end with a pleasantly modest and satisfying revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 13, 2001
The dynamic between [Stockard] Channing and [Julia] Stiles is as compelling as a freeway wreck.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2001
With any luck, it should earn Ms. Channing an Oscar nomination and mark Mr. Stettner as an astute observer of cultural mores.
December 13, 2001
Both actresses are terrific.
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