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The Business of Strangers
Patrick Stettner makes his feature debut with this edgy drama about backstabbing, downsizing, and headhunters. Middle-aged executive Julie Stryon (Stockard Channing) has risen through the ranks of the corporate ladder through her aggressive, take-no-prisoners style. At the end of a long business trip she learns that the CEO of her company is flying out to meet her, and she thinks that he is coming with a pink slip in hand. Furious, Julie impulsively fires precocious young consultant Paula Murphy (Julia Stiles) for being a bit late for a presentation. After they are waylaid in the same airport… 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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