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  • Summary: A drama about a corporate climber (Channing) and her new assistant (Stiles) - stuck overnight in an airport hotel, locked in a subtle game of control and manipulation. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 90
    A maliciously funny and keenly observant movie -- director-writer Patrick Stettner makes a potent feature debut -- that serves its humor dark and without artificial sweeteners.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    While it could have used a punchier final act that distilled its themes more cogently and conclusively, this intelligently scripted drama about power and its many channels nonetheless delivers thanks to Stettner's stylish visual sense and, most of all, to the smart, commanding performances of leads Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.
  3. Reviewed by: Rich Cline
    This is a stunning examination of issues of doubt and control, as well as a cracking good little thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    One is left with an unsettling ambivalence about the night's awful events -- there are no absolute villains here, just as there are no total victims -- and much of the credit is due to the performances.
  5. None of this detracts, however, from the terrific piss-and-merlot performances of Channing and Stiles, or from the committed participation of Frederick Weller as a Neil LaBute-era businessman caught in the lounge between two she-devils disguised as businesswomen.
  6. 63
    Even though The Business of Strangers loses its nerve in the third act -- you'll wish Stettner had dared to push things further.
  7. Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4