Management Just Middling
Oddball rom-com brings mixed reviews
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2009 12:22 PM CDT

(Newser) Management isn’t your typical Hollywood fare, and it’s got critics divided. It tells of a quasi-creepy loser (Steve Zahn) pursuing a sales rep (Jennifer Aniston) with a solo life, and somehow holding her attention.

  • It’s “the rare romantic comedy to use good works, recycling and life-improving charities as the ultimate aphrodisiac,” writes Betsey Sharkey in the Los Angeles Times. The film “doesn’t always work,” but “it’s a nice change of pace.”

  • Roger Ebert says the acting saves the film: Because Jennifer Aniston “succeeds” as the sales rep, the film “works as a sweet rom-com with some fairly big laughs,” he writes in the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • Owen Gleiberman, in Entertainment Weekly, isn’t so sure about Steve Zahn’s “dazed solipsistic zaniness,” noting that “he's 41 now, and it no longer looks cute on him.”
  • First-time director Stephen Belber “comes close to the sweet spot,” but “he’s not there yet,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.