The Business of Strangers - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Business of Strangers Reviews

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January 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/10
December 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
December 25, 2001
Feels contrived despite the worthy contributions of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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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
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
November 20, 2001
Settles for a mockery of a discussion on rape.
December 4, 2001
The script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.
December 6, 2001
Not all that entertaining despite the performances, and the ending is telegraphed from a mile away.
December 6, 2001
The demands of the 'let's get him' plot get in the way of character development.
December 10, 2001
Powerful performances from Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles are saddled with a slow-developing story.
December 14, 2001
The Business of Strangers doesn't press on to any of the more dangerous questions it hints at.
December 14, 2001
A movie that feels throughout like a stage play underimagined in its transfer to film.
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.
April 12, 2002
Nothing adds up here, chronologically or emotionally.
August 5, 2002
Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.
December 7, 2001
Patrick Stettner's script is smarter than a three-piece suit, and Stiles contributes a cool, crafty performance. But it's hard to hold a candle to Channing's high-wattage turn.
June 7, 2001
Channing and Stiles share an appropriately uneasy chemistry together.
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