The Company Men Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 9, 2011
It turns out that middle-ranking executives and even some corporate board members have feelings. Who knew?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 11, 2011
Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 4, 2011
There's also little sense of what these characters were like before reality came crashing down on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 28, 2011
This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 21, 2011
"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 21, 2011
The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 21, 2011
Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
January 21, 2011
This tale smacks viewers with a reality that's hard to imagine paying money to see in a theater. And yet, here we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
January 20, 2011
It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 20, 2011
"Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Office Space" made most of the same points vividly long ago. "The Company Men" is a lovingly prepared dish served cold and stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 20, 2011
A serious, thoughtful and often devastating drama about something rarely explored in the movies: the world of work as a place where we go to find out who we are, and what happens when somebody defined by his job loses it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2011
Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 20, 2011
Wells may strain one's sympathy by giving his narrative over to wealthy, white-collar men, but he also acutely renders the shame and frustration of capable, hardworking people suddenly forced to reassess their earning potential and aspirations in life.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
January 20, 2011
Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2011
American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 20, 2011
As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
January 20, 2011
The cast does the heavy lifting here and carries the movie over the predictable bits, exploring the rising panic of families who face the devastation of job loss with disturbing realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 20, 2011
[It's] not a pretty story, of course. But it's a compelling one and, thanks to Wells and a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper, an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 20, 2011
You are always aware of where the story is heading. Still, the film remains relatively entertaining, simply because the scenario hits so close to home, no matter where you work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 20, 2011
Wells casts a wide but synthetic net. An aura of well-intentioned generica muffles the dramatic impact of "The Company Men"...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 20, 2011
It is... a little on the predictable and rote side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 20, 2011
A good and decent film in a world that rather heartlessly demands more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2011
"The Company Men" offers no great elation or despair. Its world is what it is. We all live in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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January 18, 2011
Yes, the film's a little didactic as it lays out the issues. But when it comes to the emotional state of those being laid off, of their families and even of those doing the laying off, it gets things right enough to make audiences squirm.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 18, 2011
In its solid construction and resistance to the winds of fashion, The Company Men is one edifice that could outlast many an action blockbuster or standard inspirational drama, and maybe the Great Recession itself.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 27, 2010
A solid, intelligent, emotionally satisfying work of Hollywood liberalism.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2010
This haunting movie hits you hard and right where you live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 10, 2010
We haven't seen an end to the real-life drama after two years. Don't insult us by trying to give us one in two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 10, 2010
"The Company Men" recalls 1946's great post-World War II drama "The Best Years of Our Lives," and the reason isn't simply its trio of protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 10, 2010
The extremely well-acted "The Company Men" ends on a hopeful note, but Wells examines the repercussions of a layoff-based economy with devastating precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 9, 2010
Carefully structured to balance the anguish with some hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 9, 2010
"The Company Men" takes on its big subject forthrightly, and, in an era of service industries and financial instruments, it celebrates the virtue of making useful things.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 9, 2010
The cast doesn't treat The Company Men like a slideshow. They take something overly schematic and imbue it with real anxiety, shame, and humility.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 8, 2010
It's not that being privileged makes them boring; being two-dimensional does.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 8, 2010
The Company Men does a piercing job of making you feel the dehumanizing effects that losing a job can have on grown men, but it's more truthful and devastating than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 8, 2010
A quintet of actors carve out a beautiful, ill-fated geometry in John Wells's layoff drama, which might play like a retort to Up in the Air if it didn't have shortcomings of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 7, 2010
Before its too-easy conclusion, the movie offers a multifaceted glimpse at what can happen when the connective tissue between a man and his source of income is cut, and rarely suggests that it could be anything less than excruciating to stop the bleeding.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 1, 2010
A shrewd, timely, and terrifically engrossing drama of white-collar reckoning that marks the feature directorial debut of writer-producer John Wells.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 22, 2010
Are we supposed to think that only those people who "work with their hands" are safe in this economy?