A wanted man and former member of the revolutionary militant group the Weather Underground goes on the run after a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) outs him in this political thriller based on Neil Gordon’s novel. Robert Redford stars and directs this Voltage Pictures/Wildwood Enterprises production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi









Film information

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Release date: Apr 5, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for language
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Runtime: 2 hr. 5 min.
Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter - by David Rooney
    Lent distinguishing heft by its roster of screen veterans, this gripping drama provides an absorbing reflection on the courage and cost of dissent. more

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Directed in steady fashion by Redford, The Company You Keep manages to keep its multiple strands of plot - and the people caught in them - from collapsing in a jumble of confusion. This alone, given the whirl of personal and political history going on, is an accomplishment. more

  • 75
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    At its core, The Company You Keep is a good, solid thriller about a fugitive trying to clear his name. But it’s a much more interesting movie at the edges. more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The stars make this political drama engrossing, despite its few missteps. more

  • 75
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    There's enough plot to stuff a miniseries, but Redford never loses sight of the human drama. Martyrdom is not conferred, nor is reinvention equated with redemption. Drawing skillfully on a first-rate cast, Redford builds a riveting, resonant political thriller that values the complexity of its characters and the intelligence of its audience. more

  • 70
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    Redford’s patient earnestness — not always a virtue in his earlier work as a director — produces something honorable and absorbing. more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    The Company You Keep is a shrewder, more satisfying piece of filmmaking than we've seen from Redford in a while, though not quite in the league with his best behind-the-camera work. more

  • 70
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    Before settling into such comfortable territory, however, the movie is propulsive and involving. If The Company You Keep is far from radical, it's pretty audacious by the standards of counterrevolutionary Hollywood. more

  • 70
    Time - by Mary Corliss
    With a welcome mixture of juice and grit, the movie dramatizes the lingering conundrums of young people in the time of the Vietnam morass. more

  • 70
    Variety - by Leslie Felperin
    Robert Redford’s unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism. more

  • 67
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Equal parts preachy and melodramatic, The Company You Keep never quite figures out what it wants to be. more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    LeBeouf may yet mature into an American James McAvoy — a charismatically spineless leading man — but Sarandon and her character have him and his character for lunch. more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    The movie struggles to turn the story into a paradoxical easygoing thriller, befitting the age bracket of its key ensemble members. more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Despite Redford's sure-handed (but typically stolid) direction, an intriguing premise and a cast filled with top-line talent both veteran and relatively new, nearly every scene had me asking questions about what just transpired when I should have been absorbing what was happening next. more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Robert Redford delivers one last lecture on ’60s idealism and passes another baton to Shia LaBeouf in The Company You Keep, an engrossing thriller about the last anti-Vietnam War radicals still underground. more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    The result feels like cinematic health food: vaguely good for you but less than delicious. more

  • 58
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    Shia LaBeouf, who appears to be on hand to prove that a movie with a crusading newspaper reporter can still exist, perks up his scenes, and Redford acts with his usual hyperalert, placid control. more

  • 50
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    As far as the company Redford keeps, I liked it better when he hung out with Paul Newman and Sydney Pollack, but those days are long gone. more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    The disappointing The Company You Keep consistently stretches credulity way past the breaking point in its depiction of journalism, police procedure and political activism. more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    This earnest, well-intentioned movie elicits frustration that its story had to be packaged as a conventional, not very suspenseful fugitive thriller with a bogus Hollywood ending. ...

  • 50 - by Laremy Legel
    The Company You Keep at least manages to maintain an audience’s interest for a solid 80 percent of the film. The ending is a slight flop, which keeps the film from an overall recommendation, and in the stark light of day, it seems fairly evident not everything adds up. more

  • 42
    The Playlist - by Simon Abrams
    Even with so many talented actors involved, there’s nothing really galvanizing or particularly provocative about Redford’s latest. more

  • 40
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    As a piece of suspense, it ain’t exactly "North by Northwest," or even "Three Days of the Condor"; the awkward attempts at chase scenes make it clear that Redford the actor, who has always given off a slightly lugubrious air, has lost a step or two physically. more

  • 30
    Arizona Republic - by
    Long-winded, tiresome and free of any tension, The Company You Keep will ultimately be remembered as a Redford vanity project, in every sense of the word. ...

  • 30
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    The story is rooted in a political past that never comes to life, and its structure is so cockeyed that we don't even get to see Nick's reaction to a climactic surprise that takes place off-screen. The film was shot by an excellent cinematographer, Adriano Goldman, though you'd never know it from the lighting, which is as flat as the writing. more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Michael Atkinson
    Far from engaged, the film practically surrenders in an arthritic faint. more

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User Comments & Reviews


    As much of a fan as I am of Mr.Redford, I have to say that he shouldn’t of cast himself or Julie Christie in these roles… I really thought someone was gonna break a hip running down those hills. 5/10

  2. cancunamerican

    Meh… It’s not a bad movie… It’s simply a time killer and not much of a thriller. There are better things to watch on this site. Put your time to better use. TRUST ME :) Do you remember Redford’s movie called The Clearing? It’s like that but slower :-/ You’re Welcome :) CHEERS FROM CANCUN!!!

  3. jaec45

    A very compelling story on how past transgressions will haunt you in the future. Superb cast. I’m giving it a 5/5 or 10/10

  4. jd420

    was expecting more from the over all story and cast to be honest and was left dissapointed check out about a militant group engaged in armed resistance against what they deemed to be a fascist state in 1970′s Germany.

  5. sydneymovienut

    Average movie for a one time watch.