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Clever and often beguiling performances by Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston can't revive this sweetly misguided stalker romance.



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A traveling saleswoman, who sells cheap art to small companies and motels, has a fling with an aimless, underachieving motel manager who then pursues her all over the United States.


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Critic Reviews for Management

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (51)

  • There's more to Stephen Belber's debut than just manufactured whimsy, not least a wise and witty script, and some beautifully sketched side characters supporting two reliably charming leads.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For the most part, Management avoids the standard rom-com clichés in favour of something more delicate and heartfelt.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Toby Young

    Times (UK)
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  • Despite the obvious Norman Bates-ish resemblance, Zahn is clearly supposed to be dishy. The Zahn/Aniston pairing is without chemistry and there frankly isn't a spark of real life in the whole film.

    Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You watch Management thinking of the comedy Aniston and Zahn could have made, and wishing you were watching that movie instead.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Random weirdness aside, Belber telegraphs this story arc from Sue's first drop-in to Podunk. Message received. No surprises here.

    Jun 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The trademark hitch in Aniston's line delivery is an effective shorthand for taking a leap of faith. In the case of both her character and her career, Management represents an admirable choice.

    Jun 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Management

  • Feb 04, 2012
    A predictable dramedy that hits on familiar emotional beats, but one that has some really great chemistry between Zahn and Aniston. Aniston plays a character she's essentially played numerous times, but does it in a much different manner, more subdued and low-key, which I found to be a refreshing change for her. It's definitely uneven, with some pacing issues, but all-in-all it works as a heartfelt romantic comedy. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2012
    Great performance from Steve Zahn and jennifer Aniston couldn't save this comedy, it's cute but really pointless. I do not understand the vulgar language, it's not funny.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2011
    At this point in Aniston's career, she can sell just about anything. However, the big budget cast in this low budget Indie is not enough to save it from coming off bland.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    Could it have been better? Yes. But it was sweet enough, and its performers were charming enough to keep me interested and allow me to look past the questionably pardoned behavior of its leading man.
    Cody H Super Reviewer

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