The Method (El Metodo)

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Seven candidates compete for an executive position at a multinational company. While the streets of Madrid are filled with anti-globalization demonstrators, candidates are assembled to be put through the final selection process for a single high-level position at a multinational corporation. From the outset, there is a palpably tense, competitive atmosphere among the group. Feelings of distrust increase when they realize they are aspiring for the same position, and that the Gronholm Method (a human resources strategy supposedly imported from the United States) is being used to assess their respective merits. They find themselves pitted against one another in a contest that elicits fear, suspicion, paranoia and betrayal. The humiliation these people are willing to endure or inflict on others for the sake of the job is chilling to witness.


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Critic Reviews for The Method (El Metodo)

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  • The movie doesn't trust that an illuminating comedy of pathetic people can be entertaining for long, so it sprinkles some hormones on the proceedings.

    Jul 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film loses some of its sting once the race narrows, but its outcome and the politically, emotionally astute fade-out are suitably devastating.

    Jul 12, 2007 | Full Review…

    Mark Holcomb

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Method is a funny film that touches on a corporation's responsibility to society, the price of ambition and the persistence of workplace sexism.

    Jul 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Smartly and seamlessly blending a cast of talented Argentine and Spanish thesps, Pineyro seems to be testing how much cinema he can derive from a restricted space.

    Jul 6, 2007

    Robert Koehler

    Top Critic
  • ...The Method is a tartly performed, compulsively watchable glass-tower And Then There Were None, in which the only blood that gets spilt comes from places that hurt the most: pride and ego.

    Jul 5, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

    Jan Stuart

    Top Critic
  • Too clever by half, the plot contrivances deliver flippant satisfactions, and the agile performances keep the twists compelling, if less than credible.

    Jul 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Method (El Metodo)

  • Jun 17, 2010
    "El Método" is a very well acted movie shot basically in one set with a brief view of the contemporary wild capitalism through the dispute of qualified applicants to a direction position in a corporation. If you like movies with interesting argument, funny dialogs and very good performances, without any doubt, you'll enjoy with this movie.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    Good. The play is so much better, though.
    Alex F Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Method" starts with five men and two women arriving at an office in Madrid for their third and final interview for an executive position with a company. This will be a group interview using the Gronholm Method. Their first task is to determine which of the seven applicants is a mole...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Meanwhile outside, protestors have gathered to demonstrate against the World Bank.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Method" is an incisive allegory about the abuse of power in a capitalist society. And in the case of corporations, there is a sense of entitlement when they have multiple applicants for the same position and can simply pick and choose however they please. The film highlights an extreme but not totally unrealistic tactic, the Gronholm Method, which turns out to be a complex form of sadistic degradation, setting the candidates against each other in order to tear each other down. So, is the carrot at the end of the stick really worth it? And why do we have to play their games, anyway? This is exactly why the protestors are out in the streets battling with the police.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    This movie had a really entertaining concept to work with, which allowed for it to basically take place in a single location like <i>Phone Booth</i>. Of course this movie doesn't take place in a phone booth, it takes place in a company conference room in a corporate building. Actually, about 95% of the movie takes place in that room.<p>It is always interesting to see how a movie like this will turn out because you really need to find a way to keep the audience interested since the scenery and characters will most likely not be changing.</p><p>The beginning of the movie is probably the most entertaining part. It starts out with a pretty good multiple screen sequence until the 7 characters finally enter the room. The character development and the problems that they are asked to solve are interesting and will keep you glued to the screen. Where many may start to lose interest though is in the middle when the characters start to decrease and you're left looking at the few faces that remain. At this point the story sort of dragged on and the few tests weren't all that interesting anymore. Also, by the end I didn't really find myself routing for anybody to be the selected applicant, although the ending tended to catch my interest again since I was eager to see who would win.</p><p>The acting isn't too bad. For the most part, each character had their own identity and that really helped to keep the movie from becoming a complete bore fest.</p><p>Overall, this movie had an interesting concept and story that played out well for the first half, but the second half is where it really lacked, except for the ending. Still, I have no regrets about watching it and it really gets you thinking about what you would do if a job interview went this way.
    JY S Super Reviewer

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