Management (2009)


Critic Consensus: 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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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…

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

Management has two things going for it: Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston. Luckily, those are two very good things.

Jun 12, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The pathetic quality of Steve Zahn's performance is what really puts me off "Management" and all its zany morbidity. He fosters this dreamy hope for a woman who treats him like dirt, and in doing so finds himself. It's a degrading premise for anyone, even those who really are pathetic and lonely. And the whole, "A woman who doesn't have fun, needs a creepy man in her life to change everything," has been done, it has been done subtler and it has been more enjoyable. Women are not trophies, and they cannot be won with persistence. Though I found Zahn's antics a little more entertaining than the freak show I was dreading from the poster art, this film is still too mawkish and sad sack for my sensibilities. That and Aniston's performance is so dull and flat it might as well have been a slab of granite. There's nothing really touching or sentimental about this, until the end, when I cried, because I was relieved that it was finally over.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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A little indie romcom about a seemingly odd couple who find a way through their apparent differences, fueled entirely by the appealing warmth of it's leads. Still the story sort of meanders around some making for some dull stretches.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Sweet, touching and surprise dramedy (comedy-drama) about love and insecurities. Jennifer Aniston had plenty of charisma as always but the film belongs undeniably to Steve Zahn. He is the type of actor who may not be an Oscar caliber yet, possibly because of his goofy presence, he does have the talent and the heart to get the job done. The chemistry between Aniston and Zahn was real. Thumbs up!

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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Wish I could give this one star because Zahn & Aniston are fun to watch but the film's so cliche, predictable & dumb that I just can't

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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