Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. 88
    Fresh comic thinking spices up this smart cookie of a satire from director-writer Paul Weitz (About a Boy). He makes it sexually provocative and subversively hilarious.
  2. Grace and Quaid imbue what could have been caricatures--with heart, intelligence and great comic timing.
  3. The denouement of the movie is as preposterously happy as a children's fairy tale. But the moral is ageless.
  4. A smart, savvy and satisfying Hollywood comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    A smooth mixture of satire and sentiment that owes an obvious debt to "The Apartment," not to mention "Jerry Maguire."
  6. Genial, generous-spirited and unmistakably entertaining.
  7. The film is ultimately so extraordinary because it deals with something so ordinary: the desire to be better than we are, without knowing how to do it.
  8. Weitz's dialogue has sparkle and snap.
  9. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    80
    Clever, original and terrifically witty.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Gives Dennis Quaid one of his best screen showcases.
  11. An amusing and unusually compassionate look at today's corporate culture.
  12. 75
    A star is born in In Good Company, which showcases Topher Grace.
  13. The comic spirit in this type of picture is wonderfully democratic, and so is the result.
  14. Lively acting and timely humor are the main assets of this garden-variety comedy.
  15. While Weitz's story is diverting, the performances cut deeper than the film.
  16. 75
    In Good Company is a rare species: a feel-good movie about big business. It's about a corporate culture that tries to be evil and fails.
  17. 75
    Engaging and enjoyable.
  18. A modest movie full of decent pop songs, three-dimensional humans and sharp observations about the male mind. It's also full of funny little ironies.
  19. A richly satisfying and darkly funny movie.
  20. 75
    Has two strengths to recommend it: strong character interaction and a viciously accurate depiction of the modern corporate philosophy.
  21. Weitz gives all his actors room to shine.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    An often lively comedy-drama that lands some nice jabs at the mega-corp ethos, In Good Company makes for pretty good company until going soft when it counts.
  23. In Good Company lacks both the emotional sting and the bright pop-culture snap of "About a Boy," as well as Mr. Hornby's carefully cultivated irony, but it makes for an agreeable solo directing debut.
  24. How, then, does "In Good Company" turn out for the better in spite of itself? No mystery at all. Whatever the fate of old media, or new media, for that matter, winning performances are here to stay.
  25. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    Leaves a quiz show's quantity of unanswered questions. But it has the optimism and determination of a corporate whistle-blower. It makes us believe, for a moment, that it's possible to end-run the spirit of Enron.
  26. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    70
    The guy (Grace) simply steals the show here. He's at once goofy and hammy, yet so lost, sad and sensitive you buy into his performance from the get go.
  27. Isn't scintillating, but it's sort of embraceably funny.
  28. 70
    A missed opportunity, though as usual Quaid is dazzling.
  29. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    It manages to be funny and charming while capturing a lot of disturbing things about the way we live now.
  30. Weitz has done one remarkable thing in "Company" that doesn't strike you until later: He's given us a functional family that overcomes difficulties with patience and effort.
  31. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Cheerful and easy to watch but surprisingly inept in the telling.
  32. 60
    The scenario is stale but the actors are faultless.
  33. 50
    Only when it wraps up all its loose ends with a feel-good sitcom conclusion does it finally reveal itself: It's an interesting failure rendered all the more disappointing for veering so close to success.
  34. 50
    It's "Rain Man" with ageism substituted for autism.
  35. 50
    If the movie overall had the bitter brio of Malcolm McDowell's brief turn as Globecom guru Teddy K, a Franken-mogul stitched together from bits of Richard Branson, Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch, it would be a pointed black comedy.
  36. Has its heart in the right place, and could have been an insightful rumination on corporate shortsightedness and mid-life obsolescence. Instead, it's another one of those Hollywood films whose feel for the workingman's life seems to come exclusively from other movies.
  37. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    The movie has some pleasures, but can be heartily recommended only to those who like their entertainments equally inoffensive and inconsequential.
  38. 50
    Good points aside, In Good Company is a bland, occasionally phlegmatic pastiche of cliches and dull encounters.
  39. Grace and Johannson's courtship has all the heat of a wet wipe and, worse yet, leaves Quaid offscreen for long stretches.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Dec 9, 2013
    9
    Somehow, In Good Company hits all the right notes for me. It's funny and uplifting yet also extremely sad. The characters on offer here areSomehow, In Good Company hits all the right notes for me. It's funny and uplifting yet also extremely sad. The characters on offer here are not the usual rom-com black and white; they all have their own shades of grey. Impressive writing and acting also do their jobs well and (thankfully) the whole thing wraps up without shmaltz or over-sentimentality. In Good Company is a vastly underrated film and one I never seem to tire of. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2014
    8
    Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid are really good in their role.Meanwhile there is some awful characters like the wife of Quaid's character.TheTopher Grace and Dennis Quaid are really good in their role.Meanwhile there is some awful characters like the wife of Quaid's character.The movie has one of the most simple story and simple scenario,but somehow the movie is not so good. Full Review »
  3. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    In Good Company is just that... good company. A pleasant film in most regards. There are obvious nods to past films (including but not limitedIn Good Company is just that... good company. A pleasant film in most regards. There are obvious nods to past films (including but not limited to The Apartment, 1960). Full Review »