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Robert Altman directs the musical drama The Company from an original story by actress Neve Campbell, based on her own experiences with The National Ballet of Canada. At the center of the ensemble cast is the young dancer Ry (Campbell), a rising star with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. She struggles with the demands of being a dancer while supporting herself as a waitress and starting up a romance with Josh (James Franco). Meanwhile, the ballet company director, Alberto Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell), manages to balance his own administrative and artistic duties. Campbell does her own dancing in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Altman ... whose intuition for placing the camera in just the right spot has always been impressive. In the dance scenes, it's flawless."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The measured pace of The Company could tax the patience of some, but the dancing is so well executed, and so energetic, that only the most dance-averse members of the audience would likely object."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A minor work in the oeuvre of Altman or producer Vachon, this behind the scenes dance film exhibits the director's stylisic devices but lacks fresh and poignant insights."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A film about the dance world that really reaches out to everyone."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...can be read as a movie about movie-making, about how casts are assembled and tricked...into yielding something more profound than they might have thought themselves capable"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Altman thrusts upon the audience the responsibility of connecting the dots. But the dots don't connect, and instead of the resolution that generally follows tension, there is a feeling of having missed something."
‑ Kenneth LaFave, Arizona Republic
"A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Excellent look at what goes into creating ballet."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Eschews any concern with the cinematic foreground in favor of wide-angled pans across an expanded back cast encouraged to indulge in Altman's trademark overlapping dialogue."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"[Altman] fondly documents the ins and outs of this notoriously exotic gang of artists as if he were an amateur anthropologist smitten by an eccentric tribe."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"It neither adores nor disapproves of its players, which leaves the moviegoer a little clueless, and unmoved."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's a joy to watch these colorful characters, and their exacting, physically demanding dances, from a leisured distance."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Dance sequences, both in the studio and in performance, make up the symbolic and potent thrust of this enjoyable yet confined movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"[Altman's] trademarks -- invisible editing, doped-up zooms, overlapping conversations -- are all on display, but those looking for any sense of momentum will be disappointed."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"My feeling is that The Company is meant to be enjoyed just as we would enjoy the dance it chronicles. It's a miscalculation, but not a grave offense."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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