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The Business of Strangers Reviews

August 5, 2002
Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.
January 18, 2002
May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one.
January 18, 2002
The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2002
This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles.
January 17, 2002
Leaves you with plenty to think about regarding the demands society places on working women, and the scorn they face when they choose career over family.
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
Boasts barbed-wire performances from both actresses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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
Mostly smart, spring-taut, low-budget indie drama.
December 12, 2001
At 83 minutes the movie is without a wasted movement.
December 10, 2001
[P]acks a big punch.
December 7, 2001
Incorporates a range of genres -- black comedy, thriller, psychological drama -- and emerges more powerful for it.
December 7, 2001
[Stettner's] dialogue is cutting, often surprising ... and deals with male power and female resentment in tough, non-simplistic terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2001
A showcase for three diamond-solid actors.
December 7, 2001
Very darkly funny, commenting on the corporate world in ways that seem fresh and original.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2001
Crisp and provocative, and no small amount of its pleasure derives from Channing's dazzling performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2001
Terrific piss-and-merlot performances of Channing and Stiles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 7, 2001
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2001
With an intensity that few movies have mustered, The Business of Strangers makes you feel the acute loneliness of it all.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2001
Basically a well-played two-hander.
December 4, 2001
The script finally mistakes respectful ambiguity for vaporous drift.
December 4, 2001
Works because the dialogue is insightful and meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2001
Mr. Stettner has displayed an admirable flair for repartee devoid of malice and misogyny. That alone makes The Business of Strangers worth seeing.
November 15, 2001
A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5