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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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 lines. This haunting movie hits you hard and right where you live. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Solid performances, and a sincere faith in the dignity of the average working stiff, save it from getting too preachy. show more

  • 75
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    It's simple stuff, but the movie's heart is in the right place. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Though not blessed with a cinematic eye, Wells is a gifted storyteller who gets nuanced performances from most of his actors. show more

  • 70
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 65
    Bob Mondello NPR

    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 right enough to make audiences squirm. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Although the actors are convincing and the film well-crafted, The Company Men delivers few satisfactory character portraits because the movie isn't really about characters, it's about economic units. show more

  • June 09, 2011 johngarrett911
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    If you believe greedy corporations caused America’s economic crisis and it has nothing to do with greedy voters electing crooked politicians to provide them with money and free benefits at the expense of future generations, then you will like this movie. If you believe the corruption surrounding Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Chris Dodd, and Barney Franks had nothing to do with our economic crisis, you will like this movie. If you believe you are “entitled” to a good paying job, you will like this movie. If you believe Kevin Costner is NOT a communist sympathizer, you will like this movie. If you like liberal Hollywood propaganda films, you will like this movie. If you actually believe Ben Affleck is a good actor, you may like th

  • May 20, 2011 cu00000000090935
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    Politically correct to the point of being a parody/comedy. Liberal\'s point of view of corporate America. What\'s wrong with working hard, building something from nothing, risking your livelihood and reputation, then wanting to own a nice things and live comfortably? NOTHING! Few people take huge risks in life and few of those actual succeed. Along the way they provided an obvious much need service and provided 1000s of job to boot. What\'s evil about that? And surprise, Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner in this? What stretch (tongue meet cheek)! Hey, I\'ve been there like these characters and it really sucks. I don\'t blame the corporation. I don\'t blame capitalism. I don\'t blame the free market. When have these no good actors been in the real world. What a joke. Shoulda\' given it one star now that I think about it.

  • March 09, 2011 bobsegal1963
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    An great movie. It hits alll the nails on their heads regarding the horrific economic and human toll exacted on the lives of so many people by the financial/economic crisis. Told very powerfully and movingly. Great story. Great script. Great acting by an all-star cast. Great direction. See it yourself and tell everyone you know to see it.

  • February 24, 2011 rbe8083776
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    Reality

  • February 16, 2011 mrobram1
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    Great actors & great acting! A story that fits todays time and place in American life. A must see.

  • February 09, 2011 TJPalumbo
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    Great cast___all doing their part to bring the downside of corporate America to life. Sad, comic, and joyful all in one. If you like movies___see this one.

  • February 05, 2011 mr rbi4u
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    Chris Cooper's character was like Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman. This one really got to me. My wife and I cried throughout. How anyone could simplify its implications to the degree that some have done here is mind-boggling. One of Ben Affleck's best performances, with the greatest range I've seen in him. Tough times, even a tougher film.

  • February 02, 2011 mrgoerg
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    FANTASTIC film! Great performances, the writing is tack sharp, the direction is inspired. Finally a drama that goes right for the heart in a time that is challenging for many. They hit the nail on the head with this one. Bravo.

  • January 29, 2011 Ariella718
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    Never have better actors been in a worse movie. Really a TV movie about corporate firings. That's it .I've revealled the entire plot. There is nothing else of note that happens. No surprises. No lessons to learn. No plot twists. They should compensate moviegoers for failure to deliver on the promise of even minimal entertainment.

  • January 27, 2011 pjs411
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    This movie has a great cast, however, it still lacks that quality that really touches your heart or just makes a connection. The subject is very depressing & relevant to what happened after the recession hit....how so many people had the rug pulled out from under them, lost their jobs, and have had such a difficult time becoming re-employed. The arc that Ben Affleck's character should leave you with a feeling of triumph, however, I felt that it was hollow. The saving grace of this film is its cast, however none of them gave their usual great performances. I would wait for it on dvd. My grade is C+.

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