The Company Men

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 83
  2. Negative: 5 out of 83

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  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... 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. AtA 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 Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2011
    6
    Not nearly as entertaining as delicate its treatment of the subject is handled, "The Company Men" hits home hard at a time when many are learning to walk the waters of business again. Strong performances (Jones, Cooper, and Affleck) are discreetly selected, spanning a variety of ages, hangups and incomes---taking more and more people closer to our troubling economic times. Its somber andNot nearly as entertaining as delicate its treatment of the subject is handled, "The Company Men" hits home hard at a time when many are learning to walk the waters of business again. Strong performances (Jones, Cooper, and Affleck) are discreetly selected, spanning a variety of ages, hangups and incomes---taking more and more people closer to our troubling economic times. Its somber and elegiac tone may be too real for some to experience on screen, but a streak of optimism for the future hangs in the balances, or imbalances [of big business]. Verdict: "The Company Men" is a business-oriented film that is teemingly technical with jargon, weak in pulse, and palpably true. Expand
  3. Lyn
    Jun 25, 2011
    4
    Aside from the very limited Affleck, this is an excellent cast capable of tackling meaty issues. Yet the film falls far short as an exploration of what it's like to be laid off: It feels as formulaic as a made-for-TV movie. If you've experienced the real-life consequences of downsizing, you won't find it particularly moving.
  4. Jan 8, 2012
    5
    The Company Men represents, but nearly insults, the white collar Americans caught up in the recent economy. While it accurately shows the reality of people who over-extend themselves and have been quickly impacted negatively by layoffs and a down economy, it doesn't spend any time on pointing out the blame on the individual level, instead choosing to blame the business completely. Not toThe Company Men represents, but nearly insults, the white collar Americans caught up in the recent economy. While it accurately shows the reality of people who over-extend themselves and have been quickly impacted negatively by layoffs and a down economy, it doesn't spend any time on pointing out the blame on the individual level, instead choosing to blame the business completely. Not to say the companies aren't very much to blame for how this economy was handled, being deep in corporate America in similar positions as those represented in the movie, I was not touched the way the movie clearly tried to touch the hearts of its viewers. It's hard to feel sympathy for someone making $120-160K a year who suddenly gets laid off, but then cannot handle that downturn more than 3 months. Even though, in life, I am strongly critical of the stock market-based importance of growth and efficiency as to the life and health of a company, since the ability to handle downturns in demand and proof of diversity and breadth, I believe, are more important, I was turned off by how the film spent too much time implying that it was ok to develop these lives, but provide no security to live through down times. No, the companies succumbing to stock market and shareholder demands and repeatedly putting band aids on on problems that were keeping the stock price down were the REAL problems. Yes, it does a good job showing how the characters suffer through their loss, and that realism was very well portrayed, but the intent of the filmmakers was to make you feel sorry for those who put themselves (and their families) in an unprotected state, but vilified the big bad businesses, even though their decisions for dealing with such economic times were equally as bad. As good as the cast is, I feel "Hollywooded" when I see movies like The Company Men. This movie was someone's agenda, and that never sits right with me. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2011
    6
    Amidst the global economic downturn, a few shinny boys lose their jobs and are confronted with their own egos and test their boundaries. A fine ensemble albeit none of them quite standing out, deliver a heartfelt result that seem to be quite relevant to today's realities.
  6. Feb 13, 2011
    6
    An impressive cast (including Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper) deals with dejection and rejection after losing their high-level positions in a major corporation. This downer drama paints a bleak picture of their struggles, while making a not-so-subtle indictment of corporate America's greed. The performances and direction are solid, but the script lacks style or punch. As aAn impressive cast (including Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper) deals with dejection and rejection after losing their high-level positions in a major corporation. This downer drama paints a bleak picture of their struggles, while making a not-so-subtle indictment of corporate America's greed. The performances and direction are solid, but the script lacks style or punch. As a result, the film is involving, but flat. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2011
    6
    the life of an unemployed is too hard, so that my country is not recession came, anyway, it was the best movie line was between good and bad, without the boom factor.!, but it shows the stark reality of what happens or happened in USA. acceptable performances, very good .. Maggie fell in love xD
  8. Jan 25, 2011
    6
    The movie starts with a promise but in the middle it fails to deliver. The screenplay at times becomes too slow and the movie starts to boar you. The story itself is good, but no justice has been done with it. Could have been much better.
  9. Apr 1, 2011
    6
    Inspiring and 'provoking', teach us there's a price when we are losing job. Never greedy and always grateful is the option. Great premise deserves great execution, but I don't see it in this movie.
  10. Oct 23, 2011
    5
    The Company Men has some of the best acting I have seen in a long while. It's just too damn bad that its just so exceedingly boring. The characters are so remarkably real and well portrayed but it the characters have no room to move with the story being so rigid and slow. Affleck seems bored with the monotonous script, Tommy Lee Jones brings his usual enthusiasm but it is overpowered byThe Company Men has some of the best acting I have seen in a long while. It's just too damn bad that its just so exceedingly boring. The characters are so remarkably real and well portrayed but it the characters have no room to move with the story being so rigid and slow. Affleck seems bored with the monotonous script, Tommy Lee Jones brings his usual enthusiasm but it is overpowered by the tedium, Chris Cooper is a glorified extra and Maria Bello just seems to be there as eye candy (much like Affleck's wife). Its the most unfulfilled film with the acting being engrossing but the story failing to engage until the last 20 minutes. If it had built to that ending a little more it could have been a nice indie film about redundancy and life afterwards. However there is no movement, no life in the direction, script or editing. Its just a whole lot of well acted nothing. Expand
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: James White
    Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Wells knows how to extract the goods from a great cast, but it's in service of a somewhat mundane story. Still, it'll make you think about the imbalance in the business world, even if the arguments and consequences are nothing all that revolutionary.
  2. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Feb 10, 2011
    58
    Has its heart someplace worthy. But its head -- not so much.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Feb 3, 2011
    63
    As a drama about coping with hard times, The Company Men doesn't come close to being as sharp or entertaining as "Up in the Air" - which starred Wells' "ER" associate George Clooney.