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The Company Men Reviews

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
February 11, 2011
Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns.
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
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
January 21, 2011
"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2011
The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows.
January 21, 2011
Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 20, 2011
It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
January 20, 2011
Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.
January 20, 2011
American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered.
January 20, 2011
As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real.
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
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
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
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
January 20, 2011
It is... a little on the predictable and rote side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 20, 2011
A good and decent film in a world that rather heartlessly demands more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
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.
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.
December 27, 2010
A solid, intelligent, emotionally satisfying work of Hollywood liberalism.
December 22, 2010
This haunting movie hits you hard and right where you live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
December 9, 2010
Carefully structured to balance the anguish with some hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 8, 2010
It's not that being privileged makes them boring; being two-dimensional does.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
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
October 22, 2010
Are we supposed to think that only those people who "work with their hands" are safe in this economy?