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
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 68%
Critics' score: 68   Audience score: 54   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It is... a little on the predictable and rote side. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

The Company Men will connect with anyone for whom "the new reality" of today's economy hits close to home. But anyone looking for insights deeper than the business world cliches in writer-director John Wells' film may find this a sermon easily tuned out. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place. full review

Scott Bowles, USA Today

"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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wells casts a wide but synthetic net. An aura of well-intentioned generica muffles the dramatic impact of "The Company Men"... full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced. full review

Lisa Nesselson, Variety

American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered. full review

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,

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

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

[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

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors. full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Available From: Jan 02, 2013
  • Queued by: 1300 people
Directed By
John Wells
Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Craig T. Nelson, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Doman, Tonye Patano, Cady Huffman