The Company Men: An American Portrait

The Weinstein Company Released 2010


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The Company Men: An American Portrait is a 2010 drama directed and written by John Wells, and is set in Boston, Massachusetts, during the 2010 recession. Three very different men, Phil Woodward (Chris Cooper), Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) and Gene McClary (Tommy Lee Jones), each must deal with the repercussions of losing their jobs when their employer, GTX, downsizes to improve its bottom line. Bobby Walker is an aggressive employee who built his career by climbing the corporate ladder. Phil Woodward is a middle manager at the company who worked his way into the corporate offices after starting on the floor. Gene McClary is a corporate executive who was one of the last employees to be cut. While each man suffers due to the unemployment, they each handle the situation very differently. Who will rise above the setbacks and become successful again, and who will be unable to handle the pressure of being unemployed?

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie is realistic enough to make all corporate climbers, but especially men over 50, quake in their boots. If you are what you do, what are you if you're no longer doing it?

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The pain feels cushioned and secondhand, the characters are not terribly sympathetic or interesting other than for their misfortune, and the film shows little interest in analyzing...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    I'd like to think the earnest sentiments and machine-tooled dramatic complications of Wells' script could find a receptive audience in late 2010. I'd like to think, too, that the m...

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