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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    LaBute achieves a bracing originality by observing human folly as a means to understand rather than condemn. Love or hate his films, LaBute is one of the most challenging filmmakers to emerge in years. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is an embarrassing film. It's a sex comedy that sets itself up as a satire of middle-class mores, except there's no truth behind any of its observations. LaBute tries to be shocking and manages only to be shockingly puerile -- tasteless in a high-school-boyish sort of way. show more

  • 88
    New York Daily News

    Offers a brilliant raw look at sexual heeling. [19 August 1998, p. 35] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors'' is to "In the Company of Men'' as Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction'' was to "Reservoir Dogs.'' In both cases, the second film reveals the full scope of the talent, and the director, given greater resources, paints what he earlier sketched. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It is superbly executed and, for all its pitilessness, it's an intelligent dramatization of the impact that consumerist values have had on the psyche of the North American middle class at the end of the 20th century. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The acting and writing is a cut above the ordinary. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    As was true for "In the Company of Men," LaBute doesn't care if viewers are offended. Supported by a fine group of actors, he tells the story without compromises, and that gives us a refreshing alternative to multiplex fare. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The mood is often more coarse, crude, and nasty than needed to make his cautionary points and also by that "distancing effect," which diminishes whatever feelings of empathy or sympathy the story might otherwise inspire in its audience. show more

  • 80
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The horror of LaBute's articulate, self-deluded characters is that they're both sharply drawn and just vague enough that you can insert face here. show more

  • 80

    LaBute has crafted one of the most explicit and hilarious films of the year; it's a slow-moving affair, with little camera movement and only the merest hint of a soundtrack. show more

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