Entertainment Weekly - 12/03/2010
"The dialogue pings, and often stings. Yet THE COMPANY MEN invites our compassion toward the men who glided along on a house-of-cards economy until it fell on them, too." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 12/09/2010
"The movie powerfully revisits a theme touched on last year in the bitter comic drama UP IN THE AIR....Mr. Cooper gives a great, tragic performance..."
Wall Street Journal - 12/10/2010
"THE COMPANY takes on its big subject forthrightly...it celebrates the virtue of making useful things."
A.V. Club - 12/09/2010
"[The] actors -- and some wonderfully moody Roger Deakins cinematography -- help sell a Wells script..." -- Grade: B
Rolling Stone - 12/21/2010 3 stars out of 4 -- "A small movie, yes, but one with a large, achingly humane theme: the effect of corporate downsizing on the soul as well as the wallet."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/19/2011 3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he actors are convincing and film well-crafted..."
USA Today - 01/21/2011 3 stars out of 4 -- "Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones turn in sterling performances....The movie's heart is in the right place."
Total Film - 04/01/2011 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] thoughtful, timely and intelligent take on the human cost of the world's economic woes..."
Uncut - 08/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] well-played drama, with excellent, unshowy support from Kevin Costner..."
A high-powered sales executive struggles with his own dwindling sense of self-worth after becoming a victim to corporate downsizing. Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) has a big house, a new Porsche, a beautiful wife, and two adoring kids. When he's not in the office, he can usually be found on the golf course, perfecting his game or clinching an important business deal. But when the axe falls, Bobby and his colleagues Phil (Chris Cooper) and Gene (Tommy Lee Jones) find their necks on the chopping block, and their futures looking bleak. In order to stay afloat, Bobby reluctantly goes to work as a carpenter for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner). But building houses is a far cry from the boardroom, and just as Bobby starts to wonder if he'll ever taste success again, he realizes that true prosperity doesn't come in the form of a paycheck, but through the satisfaction of knowing that his family will always be there to support him. Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt co-star in a drama from writer/director John Wells (ER).