The Company Men (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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 set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal. With humor, pathos, and keen observation, writer-director John Wells (the creator of "ER") introduces us to the new realities of American life. -- (C) Weinstein
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Tommy Lee Jones
as Gene McClary
Ben Affleck
as Bobby Walker
Chris Cooper
as Phil Woodward
Maria Bello
as Sally Wilcox
Rosemarie DeWitt
as Maggie Walker
Kevin Costner
as Jack Dolan
Craig T. Nelson
as James Salinger
Eamonn Walker
as Danny Mills
Tom Kemp
as Conal Doherty
Nancy Villone
as Diane Lindstrom
Patricia Kalember
as Cynthia McClary
Maryann Plunkett
as Loma Woodward
Lewis Wheeler
as Ken Lake
Kathy Harum
as Gene's Secretary Karen
Allyn Burrows
as Stevens
David DeBeck
as Hansen
James Colby
as Hector
Austin Lysy
as Liam McClary
John Doman
as Dysert
Cady Huffman
as Joanna
Adrianne Krstansky
as Secretary Carol
William Hill
as Kevin Walker
Frank Ridley
as Mark Olson
Anthony Estrella
as Ned Haspel
David Wilson Barnes
as Troy Thayer
Dana Eskelson
as Dierdre Dolan
Carolyn Pickman
as Fran Walker
Anthony O'Leary
as Drew Walker
Tonye Patano
as Joyce Robertson
Sasha Spielberg
as Sarah Woodward
Ruby Hondros
as Salinger's Secretary
Thomas R. Kee
as Mifflin
Craig Mathers
as Conners
Gary Galone
as Karlson
Angela Rezza
as Carson Walker
Jeff Barry
as Dale
Elizabeth Dann
as Norvell Receptionist
Lance Greene
as Dick Landry
Dossy Peabody
as Jane Nefeld
Annette Miller
as Phil's Assistant Nan
Bill Mootos
as Lister
Ellen Colton
as MK+T Receptionist
Gloria Crist
as Human Resources Specialist
Dan Perrault
as Pizza Kid
Richard C. Snee
as Testimonial Speaker
Gene Amoroso
as Balding Man
Alan Dary
as Project Manager
Kent Shocknek
as Herb Rittenhour
Chris Everett
as Conal's Secretary Barbara
Denece Ryland
as FMR Receptionist
Richard Italiano, Jr.
as Testimonial Coordinator
Jeffrey L. Gibson
as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for The Company Men

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (39)

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

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
Top Critic

There's also little sense of what these characters were like before reality came crashing down on them.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.

January 21, 2011
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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Company Men


A demanding film that wins us over little by little, tackling a downbeat topic with a slow, careful approach and asking us to be patient because the result will certainly be rewarding, and its main strength lies in three exceptional performances by Jones, Affleck and Cooper.

Carlos Magalhães
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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.

Melvin White
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