The Business of Strangers
The Business of Strangers (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 7, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Business of Strangers showcases a complex, compelling performance by Channing. Her interactions and clashes with Stiles make for riveting viewing.

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Stettner's vision of both women lacks fullness, relying on stereotypes of feminine strength and vulnerability.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This is an impressive debut for Stettner and an even more impressive showcase for Channing and Stiles.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

May be a hermetically sealed experience, but it is also a brilliantly integrated one.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Leaves you with plenty to think about regarding the demands society places on working women, and the scorn they face when they choose career over family.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Channing gives a marvelously chilling performance.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The core pleasure of the film is the complex and precise performance by the underrated talent Channing.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It has almost nothing to do with women; it's about men's fantasies of women.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

What The Business of Strangers really boils down to is a couple of good performances and some really interesting dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Slight, but interesting. Julia Stiles plays troubled very well!
Jeffrey Meyers
Business of Strangers is yet another smart, if not strange, indie drama from IFC. The dynamic between the two lead actresses, Julia Stiles and Stockard… More
Leigh Ryan
Ohhh... like it... kinda creepy.
Sunil Jawahir
A simple stories about strangers who click and seek to get revenge on a man.
Ken Stachnik
Strong performances but mostly predictable