The Business of Strangers

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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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Score distribution:
  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. With an intensity that few movies have mustered, The Business of Strangers makes you feel the acute loneliness of it all.
  3. Crisp and provocative, and no small amount of its pleasure derives from Channing's dazzling performance.
  4. 70
    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. Plays largely like a performer's showpiece, with all the showboating and not so surprising character twists that entails, but Stettner comes out the other end with a pleasantly modest and satisfying revelation.
  6. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    This is a movie that really has little to offer but performances and ideas. For a while, that's enough.
  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