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Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) is living the American dream: great job, beautiful family, shiny Porsche in the garage. When corporate downsizing leaves him and co-workers Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones) jobless, the three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers.

Bobby soon finds himself enduring enthusiastic life coaching, a job building houses for his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner) which does not play to his executive skill set, and perhaps the realization that there is more to life than chasing the bigger, better deal.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It turns out that middle-ranking executives and even some corporate board members have feelings. Who knew?"
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"This is a film without spark. The frustrations are real, but they are neither terribly entertaining nor enlightening."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The Company Men, aka "The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People" or "Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie," tries to be timely, but it's as out of touch as Pat Buchanan."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"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
"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,
"Everything is pat, from the stereotyped characters (Kevin Costner plays the noble blue-collar worker) to the obvious plot turns."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
""The Company Men" is a worthwhile outing that takes despair - but also resilience - seriously."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Amazing acting backed up by an authentic and emotionally engaging story makes The Company Men one of the best films of the year."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"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,
"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
"There's also little sense of what these characters were like before reality came crashing down on them."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The venerated American export that The Company Men most recalls isn't seagoing vessels -- it's hourlong dramatic television shows."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Despite some of its one-dimensional characters, this drama captures the sacrifices that people make during periods of unemployment."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"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
"Excellent performances and a fine use of detail counterbalance a somewhat weak storyline."
‑ Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal
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