The Company Men (2010) - Drama

Hohum Score

18

Watchable

The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company - and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: John Wells
Stars: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper
Length: 104 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 26 out of 136 found boring (19.11%)

One-line Reviews (72)

, building ships, building a house (something Affleck's character does with his contractor brother-in-law to make ends meet), is economically superior to other forms of enterprise, and he shows us long images of empty shipbuilding piers to presumably show us this "waste".

The story arc is predictable, and the villains are clichés.

An admirable movie with a predictable plot line .

But then I remembered those people I described above and I just thought, "What a complete waste of time and energy.

The much more intriguing story themes lurk with Woodward and McClary.

Well worth watching and liked Kevin Costner's downplaying his part in the movie.

They all do a good enough job to make the film entertaining.

Corporate America is often an ugly thing, and this trite, patronising offering is no exception.

way to cliché .

Beyond the relevance found in the stunning performances of some of Hollywood's best actors, the photography, directed by Mr. John Wells, truly shows the audience what these businessman had come to love: The elegant mansions, the pristine country clubs, the sports cars, the immaculate dining halls.

There's a slowdown in the economy, business has to cut back, employees are unprepared for the hard times that are thrust upon them and react in very predictable, utterly commonplace manner.

Ho hum.

Riveting .

Phil's suicide is as tragic as it is predictable.

Desperately entertaining .

In fact this is one of the more enjoyable films that I have seen recently due to it's honesty.

Overall, a Wasted Effort, with Perhaps Noble Intentions, but as a Work of Art it is Bland, Shallow, and the Movie's Tag Line is a Precursor of the Inanities to Follow...

At the same time, this was a gripping film every bit as engrossing as True Grit.

Financial drama's are a bit boring to watch.

Here is where the film hits it's stride; it becomes a fascinating study of a man who has built this entire world, has it crumble around him and then needs to put the pieces back together.

Bland and Boring Story about Useless Eaters .

It is a bit predictable, and it gets sort of sappy and overly optimistic towards the end, but I enjoyed it.

There was some artificial confusion with an interview date that was actually one week later than what the character thought it was.

It is Flat, Uninteresting, and with Very Little Insight to the Machinations or Personalities for that Matter of what's being Fictionalized up there on the screen.

For example, Affleck is forced to take a construction job but that seems to mean little in the overall, and drawn out, plot.

This is a solidly entertaining and believable film about professional men (and women) who lose their identities as they lose their jobs in corporate America economic decline.

As his financially situation collapses, his tragic end becomes predictable.

Viewers see the standard, nauseating emblems of modern corporations: sanitized, starchy interiors; bland cubicles, cookie-cutter junior execs all wearing the same cookie-cutter business clothes; CEOs and other over-paid corporate impostors flying around in swanky, company-owned jets.

But I have to judge the package as a whole movie and for the vast majority of its playing time this film is gripping and very well made.

His character unamuses me, which is predictable.

It is however, enjoyable, intriguing and emotional.

The slow, sad storyline becomes engaging with the excellent performances delivered by the cast, even overcoming stark mismatches like the old, wrinkly exec (played by Jones) with the sporty mistress (played by Bello); and other awkwardness to deliver a few vaguely ethical messages, to come out entertaining enough for a thumbs up.

Anyway, a very one dimensional and completely predictable movie where you just can't associate with any characters whatsoever.

I found the film to be entertaining, poignant, and topical.

A film with Chris Cooper in it is usually worth watching for that reason alone.

While the story tackles relevant subject matter, it's executed in a predictable and unsurprising manner.

That's too bad, really it is, while I doubt the film would have garnered Oscar nominations, it is a film worth watching and a good movie.

A dreary monotone; no inflection or emotion in any single syllable.

While the Ben Affleck character is compelling, it's still too hard to make the white collar exec losing his job into a sympathetic story.

The problem I had with "The Company Men" is that it's straight up boring.

Don't waste your time, don't watch this movie .

Overall, The Company Men portrays a great story with great characters that is a little slow and could use some more character development.

I suppose if this were a TV movie I'd rate it as well above average, but the story is too trite to score well as a feature movie, the happy ending rather contrived and the excellent cast is under-utilized.

This is a great story with great characters, but depressing, unemployed life can be slow moving at times.

The Company Men falls short on a few regards; it is predictable and regrettably contains Ben Affleck's face.

zzzzzzzzzzzz...

They are One Dimensional, Boring, and Whiny, Greedy, Selfish Hunks of Flesh.

While some things have to do with dignity, it's still borderline cliché (mostly crossing the line).

boring .

Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones portray the three executives who soon find themselves out of work and adapting to life along a much slower lane.

A Yawner .

The plots for Cooper and especially Jones had me pretty bored, there's typical depression and a really laughable extramarital affair and neither actor does much to elevate beyond what they normally do.

In fact I found it riveting from beginning to end, mostly due to good directing, a tight script, beautiful photography, and splendid acting from Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Ben Affleck, Maria Bello, Craig T.

This movie is worth watching.

Good enjoyable movie.

All in all, worth watching.

For Bobby this is an unexpected blow.

To a certain extent the film manages to do this because it is at its best when it allows the characters to simply be on the screen and struggling with their situations, but there is a generalness to it that prevents it being consistently engaging and smart.

The characters we have to spend time with just feel bland and forgettable.

It's just way too downcast to be enjoyable, and it probably does hit too close to home for people whose jobs still aren't in any way secure to feel much kinship to it.

I knew the 60-year old unemployed was going to do it the moment he threatened to use AK47 in the very beginning, but I was getting tired as he was just too slow, and felt like if he didn't do it, I will do it.

The lack of background music adds to empty atmosphere, augmenting the sense of nothingness after loss of livelihood.

And just a few negatives- The plot was a little slow at times.

"The Company Men" may not be an instantly likable movie, as it is a slow moving drama.

The unexpected turns in the pursuit of a job is quite real.

The scenes tend to be too short, having the effect of a narrative that feels disjointed and that does not build upon itself.

A younger colleague of mine said she found the film predictable.

Several cutbacks are made, less entertainment is had, and life becomes a day-to-day challenge rather than a fast-moving, leisurely exercise.

This was a very enjoyable movie.

There's a pretty good portrayal here of the impact that hits when these things are suddenly taken away, as the former corporate execs deal with confusion and anger and depression as their self esteem fades away and they begin to wonder if their lives have any purpose anymore.

While this approach somewhat weakens the emotional impact, it also prevents the movie from becoming too melodramatic or self-righteous, compelling audiences to connect to its characters instead of relying on hackneyed moral lessons for viewer sympathy.

No doubt many people have dubbed it "boring", "superficial" or "nothing new", yet I believe that this film deserves attention, and we are lucky to have the opportunity to see it: not only does it express several profound truths (and in a more honest way than most inspirational tales), but under Wells's assured hand, it is also deeply engrossing and even cathartic.