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Horrible Bosses (2011)

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69

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 142 | Rotten: 64

It's nasty, uneven, and far from original, but thanks to a smartly assembled cast that makes the most of a solid premise, Horrible Bosses works.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 19

It's nasty, uneven, and far from original, but thanks to a smartly assembled cast that makes the most of a solid premise, Horrible Bosses works.

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Movie Info

For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers... permanently.

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Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Oct 11, 2011

$117.5M

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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (142) | Rotten (64) | DVD (7)

Gordon knows what works and what doesn't, pushing the leads' chummy chemistry to the fore while allowing the schematic and, frankly, highly unlikely murder plot to sink into the background.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie's main thrust is lowball wish fulfillment, which comes too cheaply.

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (6)
New Yorker
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A lot of low-stakes humor, occasionally brought off by a mostly ingratiating cast.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (3)
Los Angeles Times
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For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (8)
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The coarseness wouldn't be so bad if at least the steady stream of obscenities were funny. But there is, after all, an art to talking dirty.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Horrible Bosses offers a reminder that adherence to formula may not be among the signal virtues of comedy, but--provided the jokes are funny--it's no great vice either.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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This vulgar comedy is mediocre at best with some fun performances but few jokes that actually work.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

With this cast, and this concept, it's just a shame that "Horrible Bosses" pulls up just when it should be taking off.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

A star-studded black comedy for anyone who's ever fantasised about killing their boss.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Horrible Bosses is very funny and features a great cast that exudes wonderful chemistry.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Colin Farrell is a comedy genius.

January 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Funny enough to give America's embattled working folk an outlet for their frustration, and America's employer classes a bad case of nerves.

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Rides the entertaining pitch for the entire runtime -- without attempting to offer some kind of deeper insight or social commentary.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

This is a story for which plausibility took a running jump off a belief-suspension bridge.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's refreshing to see that some writers still like to turn an intriguing situation into one where laughs can flow naturally as opposed to attempting to force them out with extremely bad jokes.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Flawed, and not nearly as dark as it could be, but Horrible Bosses excels if only because of the fun performances and great chemistry of the cast.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Horrible movie. One of the five worst films of 2011.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Comments (10)
Movie Dearest

... An ingenious though not quite original premise, genuine wit and a fantastic cast.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Forget The Hangover: Part II and Bridesmaids. Horrible Bosses was the funniest movie of this past summer.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (2)
7M Pictures

While it may only be an average comedy, derivative of better things, these days it appears we have to be thankful for what's available.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Squanders a promising dark premise and attractive production values for puerile gross-out humor, 'shocking' sex talk, lazy plotting and a desperate and almost literal deus ex machina ending.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

a subversively prescient black comedy

October 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
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September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (3)
Movies for the Masses

Fun, throwaway, unofficial remake of the classic 1980 workplace comedy Nine to Five.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

As sloppy and unbelievable as the movie is, it is at times very funny -- a series of ridiculous setups to get these three talented comic actors in uncomfortable positions so they can make us laugh.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

A fun, lively chemistry between Nick, Kurt and Dale keeps this snappy story whipping along from gag to gag at a merciless pace.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Audience Reviews for Horrible Bosses

It's a relatively watchable comedy. Aniston and Day are reliably funny, and there are some laugh-out-loud moments. Nonetheless, as expected with modern comedies, the script and storyline are mediocre. It's still entertaining. Just average. Not horrible. Not brilliant. It's a harmless way to spend an hour and a half.
December 14, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Solid acting performances from the cast and a brisk fun pace save the movie from its rather thin plot.
October 21, 2013
Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

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The amount of crude humor and vulgarity goes well to make this a pretty well-developed film. The team of Bateman, Day & Sudekis along with the antagonist-trio of Spacey, Aniston & Farrell provide both starpower and charm to this outrageous comedy. 4/5
July 29, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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    1. Jack Pellit: Life is a marathon and you can't win a marathon without putting a few Band-Aids on your nipples.
    – Submitted by Meredith F (4 months ago)
    1. Nick Hendricks: I was drag racing.
    2. Officer Wilkens: In a Prius?
    3. Nick Hendricks: I don't win a lot.
    – Submitted by Richard F (6 months ago)
    1. Kurt Buckman: You know, they should call you Motherfucker Over-Jones, to avoid confusion. Right? Dean 'MF' Jones: What's the confusion?
    – Submitted by Ram C (15 months ago)
    1. Dr. Julia Harris: You said she was just a hole for your dick.
    2. Dale Arbus: I never said that... Not really my style.
    – Submitted by Badnan A (18 months ago)
    1. Kurt Buckman: Oh, and to answer your question, that was your wife.
    2. Dave Harken: You fucked my wife?
    3. Kurt Buckman: I fucked your wife!
    – Submitted by Badnan A (18 months ago)
    1. Kurt Buckman: What about you grandmother, 'Booby'?
    2. Nick Hendricks: Gam Gam.
    – Submitted by Abhirup D (19 months ago)
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