Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic 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: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 4, 2013
    80
    Though consistently engaging, Redford’s latest directorial endeavor does feel like a plea. You can almost hear him coaxing us to learn from the past, even as we rush into the future.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 11, 2013
    80
    Lent distinguishing heft by its roster of screen veterans, this gripping drama provides an absorbing reflection on the courage and cost of dissent.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 18, 2013
    75
    Directed in steady fashion by Redford, The Company You Keep manages to keep its multiple strands of plot - and the people caught in them - from collapsing in a jumble of confusion. This alone, given the whirl of personal and political history going on, is an accomplishment.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 5, 2013
    75
    The stars make this political drama engrossing, despite its few missteps.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 4, 2013
    75
    There's enough plot to stuff a miniseries, but Redford never loses sight of the human drama. Martyrdom is not conferred, nor is reinvention equated with redemption. Drawing skillfully on a first-rate cast, Redford builds a riveting, resonant political thriller that values the complexity of its characters and the intelligence of its audience.
  8. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Apr 8, 2013
    70
    Redford’s patient earnestness — not always a virtue in his earlier work as a director — produces something honorable and absorbing.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Apr 4, 2013
    70
    Before settling into such comfortable territory, however, the movie is propulsive and involving. If The Company You Keep is far from radical, it's pretty audacious by the standards of counterrevolutionary Hollywood.
  11. Reviewed by: Mary Corliss
    Mar 30, 2013
    70
    With a welcome mixture of juice and grit, the movie dramatizes the lingering conundrums of young people in the time of the Vietnam morass.
  12. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Mar 30, 2013
    70
    Robert Redford’s unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism.
  13. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Apr 25, 2013
    67
    This chase film combines elements of the thriller and newspaper procedural to create a contemporary saga about political idealism, stone-cold realities, and the repercussions of past deeds on future innocents.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 5, 2013
    67
    Equal parts preachy and melodramatic, The Company You Keep never quite figures out what it wants to be.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 26, 2013
    63
    Redford is an adequate director, and he keeps things moving at a moderate pace, passing up exits to more spectacular vistas or hotter issues.
  16. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Apr 25, 2013
    63
    In The Company You Keep, old radicals never die – they just turn into old actors.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 11, 2013
    63
    LeBeouf may yet mature into an American James McAvoy — a charismatically spineless leading man — but Sarandon and her character have him and his character for lunch.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 10, 2013
    63
    Despite Redford's sure-handed (but typically stolid) direction, an intriguing premise and a cast filled with top-line talent both veteran and relatively new, nearly every scene had me asking questions about what just transpired when I should have been absorbing what was happening next.
  20. 63
    Robert Redford delivers one last lecture on ’60s idealism and passes another baton to Shia LaBeouf in The Company You Keep, an engrossing thriller about the last anti-Vietnam War radicals still underground.
  21. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    May 20, 2013
    60
    Well-crafted, well-intentioned and well, just a tad dull.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Ends up being an enjoyable, if only marginally memorable, ride.
  23. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Apr 2, 2013
    60
    Redford’s devotion to old-school liberalism and ’70s socially informed dramas has been a directorial-career constant, and at its best, The Company You Keep feels like a movie you’d have seen in 1975 — one informed by political righteousness and made for adults.
  24. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Apr 3, 2013
    58
    The result feels like cinematic health food: vaguely good for you but less than delicious.
  25. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 3, 2013
    58
    Shia LaBeouf, who appears to be on hand to prove that a movie with a crusading newspaper reporter can still exist, perks up his scenes, and Redford acts with his usual hyperalert, placid control.
  26. 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.
  27. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 4, 2013
    50
    The disappointing The Company You Keep consistently stretches credulity way past the breaking point in its depiction of journalism, police procedure and political activism.
  28. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 4, 2013
    50
    This earnest, well-intentioned movie elicits frustration that its story had to be packaged as a conventional, not very suspenseful fugitive thriller with a bogus Hollywood ending.
  29. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Mar 11, 2013
    50
    The Company You Keep at least manages to maintain an audience’s interest for a solid 80 percent of the film. The ending is a slight flop, which keeps the film from an overall recommendation, and in the stark light of day, it seems fairly evident not everything adds up.
  30. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Mar 11, 2013
    42
    Even with so many talented actors involved, there’s nothing really galvanizing or particularly provocative about Redford’s latest.
  31. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 7, 2013
    40
    As a piece of suspense, it ain’t exactly "North by Northwest," or even "Three Days of the Condor"; the awkward attempts at chase scenes make it clear that Redford the actor, who has always given off a slightly lugubrious air, has lost a step or two physically.
  32. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 31, 2013
    38
    A would-be thriller masquerading a long, dry monument to the reliability and comfort of community, blindly cocooned by its own nostalgic self-regard.
  33. Apr 11, 2013
    30
    Long-winded, tiresome and free of any tension, The Company You Keep will ultimately be remembered as a Redford vanity project, in every sense of the word.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 4, 2013
    30
    The story is rooted in a political past that never comes to life, and its structure is so cockeyed that we don't even get to see Nick's reaction to a climactic surprise that takes place off-screen. The film was shot by an excellent cinematographer, Adriano Goldman, though you'd never know it from the lighting, which is as flat as the writing.
  35. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Apr 2, 2013
    30
    Far from engaged, the film practically surrenders in an arthritic faint.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    1
    Robert Redford is miscast as a father of a 12 year-old daughter. Just not believable. Story is weak and doesn't search the real moral questions of the Vietnam era. Best advice, just skip "The Company You Keep." Full Review »