• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Seth Gordon
    In Theaters:
    Jul 8, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 11, 2011
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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Horrible Bosses Reviews

David Jenkins
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 19, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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The movie's main thrust is lowball wish fulfillment, which comes too cheaply.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 18, 2011
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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A lot of low-stakes humor, occasionally brought off by a mostly ingratiating cast.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: C+

July 10, 2011
James Berardinelli
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For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

July 10, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D+

July 8, 2011
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

July 8, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As they say, the best laid plans go oft awry. So what transpires in a comedy about the worst-laid schemes? These guys don't seem built for premeditated murder but are perfectly capable of mayhem.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Still, Day's scene involving a mountain of cocaine is hyperspeed-hilarious, Farrell's unhinged, irrational fuming is marvelously cretinous, and Aniston's fully committed sex-addict sexpot act is wickedly absurd.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

July 8, 2011
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Horrible Bosses takes a dark premise -- three buddies band together to off their bosses -- and rings it for a solid, steady stream of laughs.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 8, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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The screenplay is a hit and miss; but there are some laughs.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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What's right about Horrible Bosses is less easy to identify, but it comes down to something like esprit de corps.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The smartest thing about "Horrible Bosses" is that it both refuses to just clock in and waste time - and, at the same time, works extra hard to hold our attention.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Bits that could have courted actual darkness la Very Bad Things-violence, venality, vindictive sex-simply register as dank shock-jock gags done with little courage, and even less conviction.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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There's an underlying, nearly universal relatability to "Horrible Bosses" that can't be denied and that screenwriters Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein use to great advantage.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre. Don't call in sick to this shift.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Look at how crazy is the craziness we are doing for you. Isn't it crazy? the movie shouts, and the more it does, the less you'll laugh.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

July 8, 2011
Eric D. Snider
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A jubilant, vulgar, and extremely funny farce.... Day, Sudeikis, and Bateman are a dream team of comic actors.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

July 8, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
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The talented cast and colorful vulgarities work overtime to cover for a lack of coherence, but they can only distract for so long.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 4.5/10

July 7, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Basically, "Horrible Bosses" is a handful of characters and a comic situation in search of something to do for 100 minutes.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Watching good actors let their hair down can be fun, but watching them let their standards down isn't.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 7, 2011
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's been argued that movie comedies no longer have jokes. I would go one step further. The similarly titled (and similarly sloppy) Bad Teacher and Horrible Bosses barely even have stories.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C

July 7, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Here is a curveball for a comedy home-run. But at its best, Horrible Bosses is a blooper.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Horrible Bosses" is like a loud water-cooler routine that you're forced to endure before suggesting to your crass co-workers that they should get back to work.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Here's a hit-and-miss farce that leaves you wishing it was funnier than it is. Why? Because it wussies out on a sharp premise. Because it wastes a killer cast that's ready to rock it.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If you're bright enough to count your change at the popcorn stand, you're too smart to see "Horrible Bosses."

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

July 7, 2011
Dana Stevens
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What's the point of a black comedy that doesn't go for the kill?

Full Review Source: Slate

July 7, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Another frantic bad-boy comedy, with a good premise rendered depressingly inane by characters whose behavior barely makes sense.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Gordon, who made the terrific documentary "The King of Kong," is still a little wobbly when it comes to fiction. Fortunately, his outstanding cast steadies all but the most uneven moments.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Slow-witted, clumsy and almost pathologically reliant on crude name-calling for laughs ... Horrible Bosses represents the lowest end of the comedy spectrum.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2011
Alonso Duralde
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Horrible Bosses is consistently funny, but it lacks the driving pace and frenetic energy that it so desperately needs.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

July 7, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are pals who decide to knock off their miserable bosses, and their conspiracy leads in all sorts of unexpected directions in this crowd-pleasing, occasionally funny farce.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 7, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Horrible Bosses" is funny and dirty in about that order.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 7, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The laughter is mean but also oddly pure: it expels shame and leaves you feeling dizzy, a little embarrassed and also exhilarated, kind of like the cocaine that two of the main characters consume by accident.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Cleverly structured, "Horrible Bosses" works in spite of its cruder, scrotum-centric instincts.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It may not be the summer's funniest comedy (that would be Bridesmaids), but it's safe to say it's the most killer one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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"Horrible Bosses" has no meaning or purpose whatever, but it does have Colin Farrell with a bad comb-over, Kevin Spacey acting really mean and Jennifer Aniston as a spray-tanned sex maniac, and that's going to have to do.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 7, 2011
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Horrible Bosses succeeds almost entirely on the chemistry of its three leads, who remain likeable even while resorting to homicide.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

July 7, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"Horrible Bosses" isn't horrible at all -- it's easy, raunchy fun in the manner of the first "Hangover" movie (and far better than the second).

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 7, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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There are few comedy pleasures better suited to the medium of movies than that of watching supposedly normal people behaving terribly. And if those transgressing characters are played by popular movie stars, so much the better.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

July 6, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Although the premise is far-fetched and the plot at times ridiculous, there's enough comedic firepower in Seth Gordon's film to carry you over the rough patches.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 6, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's one of those revolting, raunch-fueled movies churned out in their sleep by the Farrelly brothers and Judd Apatow that I usually hate, but with real cleverness, off-center wit and edgy imagination.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 6, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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It's a film that's wildly, brazenly stupid -- but also, you know, fun.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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If you're like me, you won't entirely hate it ... but you may hate yourself in the morning.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2011
Justin Chang
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This foul-mouthed effort coasts on its leads' strong three-way chemistry and crack timing.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Probably isn't horrible enough to excite younger viewers and will certainly not attract anyone else.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 5, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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What passes for comedy here doesn't have a chance against a thesis so scary and sad.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 5, 2011
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