“Out Of Touch Directorial Debut”
“What's The Worse They Can Do....Fire Us??”
“This May Not Be Ben Affleck's Best Movie, But It Does Contain His Best Performance.”
“"The Company Men" Is A Strong Movie With Great Performances And Real Emotional Pull That Respectfully, With Great Empathy, Shines A Light On An Economic Class Rarely Portrayed This Realistically Or Effectively Onscreen: The Upper Middle Class.”
“A Solid Film With Strong Performances That Deals With A Very Timely Subject, Unemployment. The Film Boasts Good Performances By Its Cast, Which Include Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones And Rosemary DeWitt.”
“A Solid Drama: A Serious Look At The Economic Mess We're In”
A shrewd, timely, and terrifically engrossing drama of white-collar reckoning that marks the feature directorial debut of writer-producer John Wells.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Carefully structured to balance the anguish with some hope.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
A serious, schematic, well-acted film about adjusting to new lifestyles in a changing world...
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
Deserves credit for being a well written and seriously conceived ensemble drama about white-collar America and the financial crash.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
This tale smacks viewers with a reality that's hard to imagine paying money to see in a theater. And yet, here we are.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
A good and decent film in a world that rather heartlessly demands more.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Before its too-easy conclusion, the movie offers a multifaceted glimpse at what can happen when the connective tissue between a man and his source of income is cut, and rarely suggests that it could be anything less than excruciating to stop the bleeding.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
"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 protagonists.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
"The Company Men" takes on its big subject forthrightly, and, in an era of service industries and financial instruments, it celebrates the virtue of making useful things.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
"The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It is... a little on the predictable and rote side.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
A solid, intelligent, emotionally satisfying work of Hollywood liberalism.
David Denby - New Yorker
"The Company Men" offers no great elation or despair. Its world is what it is. We all live in it.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Wells casts a wide but synthetic net. An aura of well-intentioned generica muffles the dramatic impact of "The Company Men"...
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Wells may strain one's sympathy by giving his narrative over to wealthy, white-collar men, but he also acutely renders the shame and frustration of capable, hardworking people suddenly forced to reassess their earning potential and aspirations in life.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Office Space" made most of the same points vividly long ago. "The Company Men" is a lovingly prepared dish served cold and stale.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening.
Tom Long - Detroit News
[It's] not a pretty story, of course. But it's a compelling one and, thanks to Wells and a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper, an entertaining one.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The Company Men does a piercing job of making you feel the dehumanizing effects that losing a job can have on grown men, but it's more truthful and devastating than that.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.
Lisa Nesselson - Variety
The extremely well-acted "The Company Men" ends on a hopeful note, but Wells examines the repercussions of a layoff-based economy with devastating precision.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The Company Men will connect with anyone for whom "the new reality" of today's economy hits close to home. But anyone looking for insights deeper than the business world cliches in writer-director John Wells' film may find this a sermon easily tuned out.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The cast does the heavy lifting here and carries the movie over the predictable bits, exploring the rising panic of families who face the devastation of job loss with disturbing realism.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Turns out three stories are two too many. The Company Men should have been downsized.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
As ham-fisted as Wells' dialogue is through much of "The Company Men," the phenomenon he describes is real.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows.
Dana Stevens - Slate
American movies rarely catch the American male so nakedly powerless and shattered.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
It's not that being privileged makes them boring; being two-dimensional does.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
In its solid construction and resistance to the winds of fashion, The Company Men is one edifice that could outlast many an action blockbuster or standard inspirational drama, and maybe the Great Recession itself.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
This haunting movie hits you hard and right where you live.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A bit heavy on the cliches, but this sermon will connect with anyone for whom "the new reality" of today's economy hits close to home
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
It may not be the "feel good movie of the year," but it is a fascinating look at a very prominent and ongoing situation.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
There are some witty observations, but these, along with the use of natural light, have the effect of bringing a bad situation into starker perspective.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
The points made are good ones, even if you wish they could work them in a more subtle way. At the very least, it's a hopeful take on a troubling issue, with a genuine belief in old-fashioned Americana values as the key to survival.
Andreas Heinemann - Flicks.co.nz
has a stinging sense of immediacy and a strong sense of narrative momentum that keeps the multiple stories in balance, as well as judiciously managing sympathy for characters who are usually seen as villains during economic hard times
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Excellent performances and a fine use of detail counterbalance a somewhat weak storyline.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
...well-executed programmatic melodrama, and there are some scenes that evince real heart, probably because the actors seem naively committed to the project.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
As an actor's showcase, you're definitely in good company.
Dan Gear - Cut Print Review
Dan Gear - Moviedex
... an engrossing, if uneven, ensemble drama featuring strong performances by Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and especially Chris Cooper as the most desperate of the trio.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
The movie seemingly can't decide whose team it's on, salt-of-the-earth blue-collars or the bourgeoisie.
Dave White - Movies.com
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Takes an unpopular group - upper management! - and humanises their involvement in screwing the world. Quite the achievement, really.
Ben McEachen - Empire Magazine Australasia
A solid drama about the ill effects of downsizing.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Gets us on side with a thoughtful, if sentimental, examination of what it takes to find dignity in tough times.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Unemployment is not a naturally cinematic thing. A far-too-neat conclusion notwithstanding, This is a decent exploration of the psychology of what happens when you loose your job.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
This downsizing drama might be a bit downbeat, but it's sharply observant and extremely well-played by an impressive cast
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall