The Company Men Synopsis
Three men try to survive during a year in which their company undergoes corporate downsizing.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Kevin Costner, as Bobby's carpenter brother-in-law, does the finest character acting of his career.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The Company Men is infinitely more despairing and yet also, paradoxically, more hopeful. It suggests that work can actually mean something...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The result is, like its characters, a good and decent film in a world that rather heartlessly demands more.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Solid performances, and a sincere faith in the dignity of the average working stiff, save it from getting too preachy.
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USA Today

By Scott Bowles
It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Wells is a wonder with actors - Cooper and Jones earn top honors - and a filmmaker with an instinct for the emotions that bleed between the...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The Company Men recalls 1946's great post-World War II drama "The Best Years of Our Lives," and the reason isn't simply its trio of...
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By Bob Mondello
When it comes to the emotional state of those being laid off, of their families and even of those doing the laying off, it gets things...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
For all his years doing "E.R." and other top-line TV series, Mr. Wells hasn't yet tailored his techniques to the big screen.
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By 1mouse
I really like it. I thought it was a true depiction of the times in our country. It was not a happy go lucky movie, but a Hopeful movie. It hasn't gotten as much press as I think it deserves, but I...

Dreadful screenplay

By pnt60022
Awful film. Actors have nothing to work with. Screenplay is a disaster. Do not go see this movie. Don't even see it in cable....

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By dwpatches
Very good movie with outstanding cast. The movie reminded me how big companies and banks only care about the bottom line. I wish the gov't would have let them both go under so they would know what...

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By goldie2047
I was riveted to the screen for the entire movie--acting was very good--my husband found it depressing and could not relate as he's never worked in the corporate world. If you've ever been fired...


By serge
I never expected it to touch me so much. The story is simple, but it makes you realize how much life can change in one day. In America, there is so much riding on your job. It is really everything -...

Ben Affleck At his prime

By cjzielie
Ben Affleck continues to surprise in his last three films, the town should gain him an oscar nod while the company men should gain him some much deserved recognition for his craft....

Oscars forthcoming for this one

By el greco II
Brilliant almost docudrama about what is happing to millions of Americans today. The pain and agony of falling overnight from the good life to the dark uncertainty of no way for you and your family...

Re: Don't care! Must be young, but Cavaet Emptor!

By ewaHIfan
Time is wasted on the Youth! After being part of the great betrayal by the Corporate Machine myself. Hard to watch this because I lived this in the late 90's. An epiphany moment when you life is...


ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!! Can't believe that a movie with such a good cast could be so terribly boring. Their was absolutely no character development. It was as if the...

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Rated R | For Language and brief nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Thoughtful, heavy drama about the downsized.
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