• Released
  • December 7, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 24 min
  • Drama
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
I'm not generally a huge fan of movies with two-or three-person casts -- they tend to resemble filmed plays -- but The Business of Strangers is a knockout.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Stettner has a serious subject here -- how the hurts that women suffer at the hands of men can be internalized more deeply than the victims know -- and his film is graced with a stunning performance by Ms. Channing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Stettner approaches this material with a playwright's incisiveness and structural sense. His dialogue is cutting, often surprising.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In The Business of Strangers the right words are hard to come by, but the truth of them -- and the lies -- cut to the quick.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's a good movie, and Channing and Stiles are the right choices for these roles. They zero in on each other like heat-seeking missiles.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Incorporates a range of genres -- black comedy, thriller, psychological drama -- and emerges more powerful for it.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Isn't much more than ''Baise-Moi'' in business suits as they deconstruct sisterhood with an expense account, but their duets sizzle.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A claustrophobic psychodrama.
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67 out of 100
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