Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. A one-trick pony, a movie that has a gift only for making audiences squirm.
  2. 100
    What is remarkable is how realistic the story is.
  3. 100
    In the Company of Men is anything but entertaining. It's virtually impossible to sit through this film without suffering bouts of intense discomfort, and therein lies its power.
  4. In the end, like any satire worth the name, In the Company of Men spins around to fire its biggest salvo at its ultimate target -- the audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    75
    Tersely written and compellingly acted. But its controversial subject matter may make a lot of viewers so angry that the film's strong points will be disregarded.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    A provocative dissection of human dynamics.
  7. An independent film so enamored of itself it refuses to have any fun.
  8. 60
    This is a film worth seeing, and LaBute is a filmmaker well worth watching.
  9. As disturbing as it is well-made, this low-budget indie is a thoroughly original piece of work.
  10. Stunning, unsettling, beautifully written drama.
  11. Reviewed by: John Krewson
    100
    Writer/director Neil LaBute has taken the gender-issues film into uncharted, almost inhuman territory with this malevolently perfect exploration of male cruelty.
  12. This is a fully realized movie, whose intelligence -- despite its grim findings -- dwarfs any Hollywood production.
  13. It's virtually guaranteed to make us squirm.
  14. 80
    A provocative, timely script full of gasp-inducing lines and scenes.
  15. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    80
    A brutal black comedy. It asks real questions and takes real chances.
  16. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A dazzling, repellent exercise in which the case against men is closed before it's opened.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Cool, shiny, handsomely made and, in its compelling-repelling way, mordantly funny.
  18. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Pics greatest achievement is its sharply poignant dialogue which, despite the horrible consequences of the contest it describes, is also darkly amusing.
  19. It exaggerates real, recognizable attitudes in a manner that intends to be disturbing.
  20. 60
    A singularly unpleasant movie.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    60
    It's Mamet without the rich slanginess and heat of which he's capable at his best.
  22. 75
    The movie sticks with you, thanks to LaBute's observational powers and the three impressive lead performances. [15 August 1997, Friday, p.C]
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    90
    One of the best films of the year, a polished, contained piece of provocation.
  24. An unusually fine screenplay, then, yet LaBute's accomplishment goes further. He has envisioned a cinematic style for his film that harmonizes exactly with its theme and mood. [Sept 1, 1997]
  25. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    As a writer, LaBute is capable of creating long dialogue scenes that never seem stagey or artificial. As a director, he has the confidence to stay with those words.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BKM
    Apr 3, 2012
    7
    For all of the talk about its examination of sexual politics and male cruelty, In the Comany of Men is really a study of the malice of people; men and women alike. Eckhart's ruthless white collar misanthrope may be without remorse and go unpunished, but what's most unsettling about this movie is how even the victims of his manipulation are not completely without fault either. This is truly a nasty film that looks into the depths of the human soul and finds nothing worth rooting for. Full Review »