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The Company Men (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 161
Fresh: 108 | Rotten: 53

It might be hard for most viewers to identify with The Company Men's well-heeled protagonists, but writer/director John Wells uses their plight to make universally resonant points -- and gets the most out of his excellent cast.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 12

It might be hard for most viewers to identify with The Company Men's well-heeled protagonists, but writer/director John Wells uses their plight to make universally resonant points -- and gets the most out of his excellent cast.

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Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.

Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill

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Jun 7, 2011

$4.4M

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It turns out that middle-ranking executives and even some corporate board members have feelings. Who knew?

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
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There's also little sense of what these characters were like before reality came crashing down on them.

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate
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The Company Men, aka "The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People" or "Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie," tries to be timely, but it's as out of touch as Pat Buchanan.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Amazing acting backed up by an authentic and emotionally engaging story makes The Company Men one of the best films of the year.

August 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Despite some of its one-dimensional characters, this drama captures the sacrifices that people make during periods of unemployment.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

A bit heavy on the cliches, but this sermon will connect with anyone for whom "the new reality" of today's economy hits close to home

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

It may not be the "feel good movie of the year," but it is a fascinating look at a very prominent and ongoing situation.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

There are some witty observations, but these, along with the use of natural light, have the effect of bringing a bad situation into starker perspective.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

The points made are good ones, even if you wish they could work them in a more subtle way. At the very least, it's a hopeful take on a troubling issue, with a genuine belief in old-fashioned Americana values as the key to survival.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

has a stinging sense of immediacy and a strong sense of narrative momentum that keeps the multiple stories in balance, as well as judiciously managing sympathy for characters who are usually seen as villains during economic hard times

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Excellent performances and a fine use of detail counterbalance a somewhat weak storyline.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal

...well-executed programmatic melodrama, and there are some scenes that evince real heart, probably because the actors seem naively committed to the project.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As an actor's showcase, you're definitely in good company.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

... an engrossing, if uneven, ensemble drama featuring strong performances by Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and especially Chris Cooper as the most desperate of the trio.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope
CinemaDope

The movie seemingly can't decide whose team it's on, salt-of-the-earth blue-collars or the bourgeoisie.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Takes an unpopular group - upper management! - and humanises their involvement in screwing the world. Quite the achievement, really.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

A solid drama about the ill effects of downsizing.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unemployment is not a naturally cinematic thing. A far-too-neat conclusion notwithstanding, This is a decent exploration of the psychology of what happens when you loose your job.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Triple J | Comment (1)
Triple J

A serious, schematic, well-acted film about adjusting to new lifestyles in a changing world...

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Gets us on side with a thoughtful, if sentimental, examination of what it takes to find dignity in tough times.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

This downsizing drama might be a bit downbeat, but it's sharply observant and extremely well-played by an impressive cast

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A chilling picture of corporate US, where loyalty to employees has been ousted by something called the bottom line.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Audience Reviews for The Company Men

We've all seen the films about poor people loosing their job so I guess it's nice that this film provides a counter balance in the form of the viewpoint of a reasonably wealthy executive. I'm being nice. No one really cares when rich people loose their jobs because it isn't really going to effect them in the same way. Watching Ben Afflick loosing his Golf membership and having to sell his second Car (a Porsche no less) tends not to provoke much emotion, at least not would could be seen as positive emotion anyway. Another character simply can't bare to loose his job and takes his own life which seems strange as he didn't really seem to like his job anyway. I guess this sort of thing does happen but it still feels very contrived to me. These people were earning mega bucks, if they didn't save a single penny then I have no sympathy for them at all and lets not kid ourselves, this film is all about sympathy and starting over *Spoiler alert* which they do, living happily ever after. Kevin Costner plays the 'Blue Collar' character for a sense of balance but just comes across as ignorant and just as arrogant. Plus, he also has a big house and a big family etc but earns a lot less which makes little sense in the overall story. Save yourself time and just go outside and punch a homeless person in the face rather than watch this nonsense.
December 2, 2013
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Phil Woodward: My life ended and nobody noticed.

"In America, We Give Our Lives To Our Jobs. It's Time To Take Them Back."

The Company Men was a surprising movie for me. I didn't have great expectations because of the rather luke warm review it got when initially released. However, I really like it. I liked the story, which was real life and something that sums up many people's lives around the time of the financial repression setting in. Also I like how this shows big corporate giants and their lack of empathy for their workers. It's all about how much they can make, while they put thousands of people who have families out of work all in the name of how high we can get our stock before we cash out.

The Company Men shows three men who are negatively effected by the downsizing of the company they have each worked at for years. We see how the downsizing effects not only them, but their families as well, as money, which has never been an issue, is suddenly a problem. The story has political undertones throughout as we constantly hear things about Bush and what he's going to do about the collapse, and news about Goldman possibly being involved in illegal activities.

This movie does have some powerful moments as many things represented in it have occurred to many we know. Plants start laying off workers because stocks are dropping and the higher ups have to keep the holders happy. That's the excuse I guess. In the end though all the firings do is allow the CEO and other executives the opportunity to pad their own bank account while every worker who made the company what it is are put on the chopping block.

The Company Men is a well made and important movie with a phenomenal cast and great writing. Some moments(mostly family scenes with Affleck) come off a bit misguided, but for the most part, the film is razor sharp and effective in everything it sets out to do. This is definitely one that's worth a look and I'm glad I finally got around to seeing it after pushing it aside for a couple of years.
August 19, 2013
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August 2, 2013
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Directors Cat

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Really good movie, and some really great acting, by some of Hollywood's best. So many people place their significance in how much they can buy, and not in the relationships they share with those who love them. We need to be reminded of these things more often. Could've been a bit more realistic, also...having Alleck's character earn $160K, and live in an environment that dictated earning at least 3 times that amount, was a bit of a stretch. All in all, though, very moving film.
June 10, 2012
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    1. Danny Mills: You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village.
    2. Danny Mills: Gee, I wonder why she never calls you back.
    3. Danny Mills: It feels good though.
    – Submitted by Rory R (2 years ago)
    1. Bobby Walker: I will win! Why? Because I have Faith! Courage! Enthusiasm!
    – Submitted by Rory R (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Dolan: Can I be honest with you Bobby? You should take that job. You're a shitty carpenter.
    – Submitted by Rory R (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Dolan: You know if things get tough, I can always use some extra help this winter.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
    1. Gene McClary: We could make something here. Start out with a crazy plan.
    2. Bobby Walker: Start slow and see if it will grow.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
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