The Company
The Company (2003)

A tale centering on the Chicago ballet company--the difficult daily work, the intense pressures of performance, the richly textured behaviors of the dancers--whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its deliberately unfocused narrative may frustrate some viewers, but The Company finds Altman gracefully applying his distinctive eye to the world of dance.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Altman ... whose intuition for placing the camera in just the right spot has always been impressive. In the dance scenes, it's flawless.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Kenneth LaFave
Arizona Republic

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.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A love letter to performers who put their egos and bodies on the line.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excellent look at what goes into creating ballet.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It neither adores nor disapproves of its players, which leaves the moviegoer a little clueless, and unmoved.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a joy to watch these colorful characters, and their exacting, physically demanding dances, from a leisured distance.

Cole Smithey

Dance sequences, both in the studio and in performance, make up the symbolic and potent thrust of this enjoyable yet confined movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Steven Carrier
"The Company" is Robert Altman's most naturalistic and expressive film. The thing you have to understand about the picture is that Altman is not… More
Alice Shen
Very odd. Not bad, just odd, which I have come to expect from Altman's films. There is no cohesive plot and no real character development. Neve Campbell… More
Jennifer Xu
This was a really bad movie, I'm sort of ashamed that Robert Altman was connected to this project. Then why did I give it three stars? Mainly because the… More
Dean McKenna
This ballet movie with Neve Campbell (she's a real-life one-time ballerina) doesn't seems really interested to me, but the dance sequences in the… More
Arash Xak
Uninteresting, I really expected more from Altman, Just a showcase of dance pieces & I never liked dance movies
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Company" is a docudrama about the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, as led by their legendary artistic director, Alberto… More