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  • 3.0

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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal 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.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The stars make this political drama engrossing, despite its few missteps.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Stellar cast is best thing about Redford's political drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Company You Keep stars Robert Redford, who also directed, as a once-radical fugitive who's wanted for a 1960s bank robbery that left a guard dead -- but who long ago went underground, changed his name, and left everything behind. Once the long-cold case again becomes national news, everything changes. Expect a fair bit of strong language (mostly "f--k" and "s--t"), plus plenty of fiery talk about revolutionary ideals, as well as a few scenes that feature people drinking beer. And one aging hippie now gets by smuggling large quantities of marijuana. The all-star supporting cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, and Julie Christie.

  • Families can talk about why they think some of the fugitives in the film are willing to give up their comfortable lives and turn themselves in. Why did Jim choose to go underground?
  • How well does this film explain the radical politics of the 1960s and 1970s? How could you find out more if you wanted to?
  • Do you think you could ever leave your entire life, change your name, and stay hidden for decades?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It's not always easy to make the moral choice, especially when it might have serious consequences. Jim, as a fugitive on the run for a crime that was committed decades ago, meets several of his old co-conspirators, and some are quite reluctant to help him if doing so threatens the comfortable lives they've created for themselves.

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    Role models: Jim is wanted by the FBI for a decades-old crime; he goes on the run to find some of the original participants, who are forced to make tough choices between what's right and what's easy. Some are more willing than others to do the right thing. And a young reporter who's digging into the story must make some equally tough choices when he unearths long-buried secrets.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A character is chased through the woods by federal agents. Several scenes include old, grainy news footage of a bank robbery that left a security guard dead.

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    Sex: Characters flirt and sometimes discuss their past romantic entanglements.

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    Language: Strong language includes multiple uses of both "f--k" and "s--t," plus "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and more.

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    Consumerism: Labels/brands seen include GMC, Volvo, Twitter, Google, and Toyota.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One character smuggles large bales of marijuana in a sailboat. Other people drink beer at a bar.