• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 5, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. With strong performances by a cast that includes Alfred Molina, Michael Keaton, Rory Cochrane and Chris O'Donnell, this adaptation of a Robert Ludlum novel reels you right in.
  2. 88
    Watch for the smart dialogue and the sweep of historical events. But mostly watch for Keaton in a career-best performance. You won't forget it.
  3. It evokes an era worth revisiting, reconsiders a time that was an important chapter in our history and gives us a monumental performance by Keaton.
  4. Meaty, gorgeous and sometimes soapy. [10 Aug 2007, p.58]
  5. LeCarré-like in its disillusionment with power, this is good historical fiction for warm August nights.
  6. 80
    The Company is a gripping requiem for the Cold War and the men who fought it.
  7. This spy drama is not as dense and psychologically intricate, but it has compensations, most notably the placement of fictional characters like McAuliffe and Torriti alongside real-life figures like Angleton and Philby, and inside real-life crises like the 1956 Hungarian uprising.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    This darkly engrossing and quietly suspenseful six-hour miniseries packages its chilly, cynical overview of international Cold War espionage in a brisk parade of sumptuously produced historical set pieces.
  9. 80
    Here and there, The Company is so evocatively dark and creepy it approaches the artistry of a John le Carré thriller, at least as adapted for TV back in the '80s and '90s.
  10. Bleak but intriguing, Company is a brilliant reflection of the mind-set that dominated world politics for a half century. Solid performances are the rule, with special applause for Molina and Keaton. Director Mikael Salomon effectively uses darkness and shadows to illustrate the clandestine environment as well as metaphors for this grim historical era.
  11. 75
    Thanks to sleek production values, a generally top-notch cast and an absorbing overall story that smartly mixes explosive action with quieter moments of sinister intrigue, The Company delivers a refreshingly solid jolt of summertime Big Event drama.
  12. 70
    It’s at its best when it sweats the small stuff of things like "barium meals" (purposefully fake directives designed to smoke out double agents) and the moves and countermoves of smart men trying to outwit each other.
  13. So much of it is striking, particularly the work of two of the leads, Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Frida) and Michael Keaton (Batman, Live From Baghdad), who play CIA men with antithetical spy styles.
  14. The Company starts slowly and somewhat confused, but eventually it chugs its way to coherence as it becomes a decent little drama.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    60
    If only the delicacy of these two character actors [Alfred Molina and Michael Keaton], were matched by that of The Company's central figures and the production's overall arc.
  16. The spy story, wartime bullets and intrigue carry The Company, though the writing and story are unnecessarily obvious.
  17. Some of it is very enjoyable, some of it is silly but still enjoyable, some of it is too silly to be enjoyable, some of it is not silly enough to be enjoyable, and some of it is neither here nor there.
  18. 50
    Unfortunately, the project is too short to do its subject matter justice and too long and clumsy to keep us involved--a problem compounded by Chris O'Donnell's boyishly bland performance as The Company's central agent.
  19. We go on watching because of Keaton.... Otherwise, The Company is both surprisingly slow and remarkably tendentious.
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    40
    This sometimes thought-provoking drama may be too familiar and slack for all but the most spy-struck.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    There's no nice way to state the obvious--that despite the creative stamp of producers Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and John Calley, stars Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina and Michael Keaton simply don't work in their roles, obscuring the solid supporting work, especially by Tom Hollander.
  22. If you can view The Company's as a basic thriller, and ignore its gaffes, you'll find entertainment here.
  23. 40
    The Company delivers no real chills, just a quaint Cold War amusement park ride.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Nancy
    Aug 20, 2007
    10
    love this show
  2. PamP.
    Aug 19, 2007
    7
    Interesting dramatic depiction of what happened in the old days, but could hardly hear the dialogue because of the overly loud music!
  3. NolB.
    Aug 15, 2007
    9
    slow beginning, but second episode draws the viewer into the cold war