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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 2, 2013
    100
    It’s only April, but this is one of the best films of 2013.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Apr 11, 2013
    75
    At its core, The Company You Keep is a good, solid thriller about a fugitive trying to clear his name. But it’s a much more interesting movie at the edges.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 4, 2013
    70
    The Company You Keep is a shrewder, more satisfying piece of filmmaking than we've seen from Redford in a while, though not quite in the league with his best behind-the-camera work.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    The movie struggles to turn the story into a paradoxical easygoing thriller, befitting the age bracket of its key ensemble members.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Ends up being an enjoyable, if only marginally memorable, ride.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 18, 2013
    50
    As far as the company Redford keeps, I liked it better when he hung out with Paul Newman and Sydney Pollack, but those days are long gone.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Apr 2, 2013
    30
    Far from engaged, the film practically surrenders in an arthritic faint.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    10
    Incredibly fascinating, sensitive, old fashioned cinema! The scenes between Redford and Christie make for a movie just by themselves! I found it compelling, moving, distinguished, extraordinarily acted, scored and photographed! And bringing up thoughts that way more often should be examined by films today, instead of explosions and/or Marvel's comics! W real cinema! Both Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon should be serious Oscar's contenders! Expand
  2. May 20, 2013
    9
    Robert Redford shows he is a great director making provocative movies like this one. at it's core it is a thriller, it becomes an examination of family, loyalty, sacrifice, and the rights of the press, The company you keep is well directed by Redford. Robert Redford proves he has still got acting ability, and he assembles a great cast. This an engrossing move Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    8
    I really enjoyed watching Robert Redford. Robert Redford still has it. I really wanted more. I was drawn in as they were bringing in more and more people. I would have liked to know what happened with the trials. They drew us into the story and what happened to these people and what drove them to do these things. I could have watched this for another couple of hours. Expand
  4. May 14, 2013
    6
    This was a decent film with some solid acting from the leads but the issue here was I just wasn't interested throughout it. It will probably please older audiences and maybe that shows my age but I just couldn't really get into it despite having a rather intriguing premise. Shia LaBeouf does a great job as the intrusive journalist while Robert Redford also does a good job as the fugitive on the run. Overall it will appeal to some but probably not to the younger crowd. Expand
  5. Apr 12, 2013
    5
    Young people who went through ‘Occupy Wall Street’ should go to see “The Company You Keep” to see how people protested the Vietnam war which had the government killing college students while some of those a little older were members of the Weathermen Underground, a revolutionary group to bring down the U.S. government by robbing banks, blowing up buildings and, in some incidents, killing innocent bystanders. Some members disappeared becoming upstanding members of communities for decades and in recent years some have given themselves up after their children had grown and they still had their guilt.“The Company You Keep” is the story of one woman, Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) surrendering after being wanted for 30 years in connection with a killing at an attempted bank robbery.

    By doing this Sharon involves some who were with her in those days and have turned around their lives, all having done quite well. We meet Jim Grant (Robert Redford), a respected lawyer whose wife recently died, leaving him with a 11 year old daughter (Jackie Evancho), who goes on the run to find his former lover Mimi (Julie Christie) who can clear him and is currently running drugs for her new partner Mac (Sam Elliot). We meet Fitzgerald (Nick Nolte) who owns a lumberyard, Jed (Richard Jenkins) who is a university professor, Billy (Stephen Root) a farmer, organic of course, and Daniel (Chris Cooper), Jim’s brother who takes his niece. Last, but certainly not least, is Henry Osborne (Brendan Gleeson) as a police chief who was involved in the case of the bank robbery and the guard who was killed.

    Redford brings in younger faces with Ben (Shia LaBeouf) as a reporter who has a a former girlfriend in the FBI, Diana (Anna Kendrick) who supplies him with information about Jim and Rebecca as Osborne’s daughter. There is Diana’s boss, Cornelius (Terrence Howard) who goes on the search for Jim and/or Mimi as Ben tries to get to them first for the ‘big’ story and Ben’s boss Ray Fuller (Stanley Tucci)..

    This is a film many young people should go to see to learn the history of their grandparent's generation who were not passive when they knew the government was wrong. They should see how professional, older actors can raise the level of a film and are a presence on the screen. For those of us over 60 it reminds us of what individuals Redford, Christie, Sarandon, Nolte, etc., brought to the screen and still do. Though Redford’s face hasn’t aged too well in screen terms those of us from “The Sting” days will see him as he was then just as looking at Christie the beauty of “Darling” shines through.

    The directing by Redford, with the screenplay by Lem Dobbs is pedestrian, though there is a scene with Susan Sarandon in prison, and another between Redford and Christie in a log cabin, that make the film worth seeing along with the performances by the other older actors. He does make a major mistake with the Hollywood ending which, if you have seen any movies, know is coming way before it does.
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  6. Apr 30, 2013
    4
    Run-of-the-mill suspense movie.........with stereotypical characters and a predictable plot twists and turns........the acting and directing is standard....nothing outstandingly good or bad........and all-in-all it will leave you mildly entertained. Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2013
    0
    The killers are now free, have been given good jobs, and live a peaceful and comfortable lifestyle profiting from the capitalistic lifestyle they so eagerly sought to tear down. Not only are the killers living the good life but they are portrayed as heroes... while their victims remain dead and their families go on with life without their loved ones. A sickening display of injustice and unfortunately "the norm" in America now. Expand

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