Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Dec 6, 2010
    100
    Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 9, 2010
    90
    The movie is realistic enough to make all corporate climbers, but especially men over 50, quake in their boots. If you are what you do, what are you if you're no longer doing it?
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 10, 2010
    90
    The Company Men is infinitely more despairing and yet also, paradoxically, more hopeful. It suggests that work can actually mean something to people, beyond just giving them the means to afford a nice house or a fantastic car.
  4. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Dec 13, 2010
    90
    When The Company Men stays with its real business -- the calamity of joblessness -- it is first rate. [20 & 27 Dec. 2010, p.145]
  5. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Dec 7, 2010
    88
    Enhanced by superb writing and direction and nuanced performances by an ensemble of great actors, and enough take-home food for thought to keep the mind and senses totally focused from start to finish, The Company Men is pretty damn close to as good as it gets in a disappointing year at the movies.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    4
    A great cast, grand actors yet this flick doesn't make it. It may be the setting (Houston or some dull town), it maybe the weather...A great cast, grand actors yet this flick doesn't make it. It may be the setting (Houston or some dull town), it maybe the weather... something doesn't add up. Not even singling out a struggling Affleck wanting us desperately to believe he is older and unfortunate. A wise but dull Tommy Lee Jones. This film is supposed to be a cautionary tale to uplift us after recession. It doesnt. At best it is a chapter of The Wire (the boring season). #Fail Full Review »
  2. Jul 3, 2012
    2
    Psychopath boss grows conscious? Is this a joke? why can't these people (film employee's) deal with the reality that powerful and rich peoplePsychopath boss grows conscious? Is this a joke? why can't these people (film employee's) deal with the reality that powerful and rich people are (most of the time) savages? Oh i forgot that it would reflect badly on them(sarcasm). Full Review »
  3. Aug 13, 2011
    9
    This was a very accurate movie of the tragedy of downsizing. I work in HR and have been on the company side and I have been laid off, all isThis was a very accurate movie of the tragedy of downsizing. I work in HR and have been on the company side and I have been laid off, all is a correct portrayal of what happens. Whether certain characters weren't emphasized, or lousy editing, whatever, the point of the movie is how losing one's job can devastate one's self-esteem, finances, family, and reason for living. It is a reminder for those of us with jobs to have empathy and to do what we can for those who do not even now in 2011. Superb acting by everyone. Full Review »