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The Business of Strangers Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
January 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2001
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
If The Business of Strangers clunks as a whole, at least several of its parts offer momentary pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 25, 2001
Feels contrived despite the worthy contributions of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
December 7, 2001
Stettner's junior-league exertion to piece together the mismatched threads of his narrative undermines the success of the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
[A] critique of embittered p.c. extremism...but Stettner can't restrain his yuppie-clan feminists from descending into misogynous caricatures.
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Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
August 5, 2002
Patrick Stettner's female workplace drama has nowhere to go but down once its cards have been thrown down on the table
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 29, 2001
The fatal flaw of the film is that the characters are never quite believable, which precludes our getting emotionally involved in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Keen
November 20, 2001
Settles for a mockery of a discussion on rape.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
December 4, 2001
The script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 6, 2001
Not all that entertaining despite the performances, and the ending is telegraphed from a mile away.
Dave White
December 6, 2001
The demands of the 'let's get him' plot get in the way of character development.
Bob Aulert
December 10, 2001
Powerful performances from Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles are saddled with a slow-developing story.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
December 14, 2001
The Business of Strangers doesn't press on to any of the more dangerous questions it hints at.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 14, 2001
A movie that feels throughout like a stage play underimagined in its transfer to film.
Stephen Farber
January 15, 2002
Stiles's character is finally too opaque, and the mind games she plays on Channing aren't clever or cruel enough to produce a satisfying denouement.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 12, 2002
Nothing adds up here, chronologically or emotionally.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
August 5, 2002
Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2001
Channing and Stiles share an appropriately uneasy chemistry together.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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