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The Business of Strangers
Two women on different ends of the spectrum of corporate power come together with explosive results in this drama. Julie Styron (Stockard Channing) is a successful executive with a major international corporation who is starting to feel the pressure of her position; she has few friends and no family to buffer her from the responsibilities of her work, and she suspects that the company's CEO is thinking about replacing her. Trying to get one step ahead, she meets with the slightly manipulative headhunter Nick Harris (Frederick Weller). Julie's anxieties come to a head when she has to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"What The Business of Strangers really boils down to is a couple of good performances and some really interesting dialogue."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This is a stunning examination of issues of doubt and control, as well as a cracking good little thriller."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Written and directed by Patrick Stettner, it's a movie full of fascinating details and frustrating moments in which the meticulously drawn characters behave in ways that seem dictated by Stettner's plot rather than by their own personalities."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"An uneven satire of the corporate world, Stettner's movie is inspired by LaBute's superior In the Company of Men, changing the gender of the protags into female execs on the opposite side of the spectrum."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"If The Business of Strangers clunks as a whole, at least several of its parts offer momentary pleasures."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"[A] critique of embittered p.c. extremism...but Stettner can't restrain his yuppie-clan feminists from descending into misogynous caricatures."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Desn't teach us a whole lot, but while watching it, we're involved."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Channing gives a marvelously chilling performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"'The Business of Strangers' partners one of Hollywood's most under-rated older actresses with arguably one of its most over-rated younger ones."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Patrick Stettner's female workplace drama has nowhere to go but down once its cards have been thrown down on the table"
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"The inspired pairing of Channing and Stiles creates real dramatic fireworks."
‑ Neil Smith,
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