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The Company Men

Company-thumbstandard Written, directed and produced by John Wells, this indie drama stars Ben Affleck as a successful businessman who comes face-to-face with America's downsizing epidemic when he loses his job and is forced to take a construction gig.
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Ben Affleck and Chris Cooper play characters who learn that, in a company concerned about the bottom line, almost everyone is expendable. Read the review
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Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
This tale smacks viewers with a reality that's hard to imagine paying money to see in a theater. And yet, here we are.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post  full review
 
It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
Scott Bowles, USA Today  full review
 
"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.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.
Lisa Nesselson, Variety  full review
 
American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter  full review
 
As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
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.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star  full review
 
[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.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
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.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Available From: Jan 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 1372 people
Directed By
John Wells
Cast
Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Doman, Tonye Patano, Cady Huffman
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