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.
R (for language)
Comedy , Romance
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Jennifer Aniston
as Sue Claussen
Steve Zahn
as Mike Cranshaw
Fred Ward
as Jerry
Katie O'Grady
as Corporate Bliss Receptionist
Yolanda Suarez
as Marissa
Don Stewart Burns
as Businessman
Kimberly Howard
as Colleague
Garfield Wedderburn
as Bus Driver
Easy Dent
as Barry
Tzi Ma
as Truc Quoc
Yuqin Wang
as Betty
Dominic Fumusa
as Stan Ball
Robert Projansky
as Homeless Man #1
Jerry Foster
as Homeless Man #2
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Critic Reviews for Management

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (36)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

You watch Management thinking of the comedy Aniston and Zahn could have made, and wishing you were watching that movie instead.

July 10, 2009
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Random weirdness aside, Belber telegraphs this story arc from Sue's first drop-in to Podunk. Message received. No surprises here.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

June 26, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Management


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.

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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