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Horrible Bosses Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 18, 2011
The movie's main thrust is lowball wish fulfillment, which comes too cheaply.
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
July 10, 2011
A lot of low-stakes humor, occasionally brought off by a mostly ingratiating cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 10, 2011
For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: D+
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
July 8, 2011
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.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 8, 2011
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.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 8, 2011
The screenplay is a hit and miss; but there are some laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 8, 2011
What's right about Horrible Bosses is less easy to identify, but it comes down to something like esprit de corps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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David Fear
Time Out New York
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 8, 2011
A jubilant, vulgar, and extremely funny farce.... Day, Sudeikis, and Bateman are a dream team of comic actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 7, 2011
Basically, "Horrible Bosses" is a handful of characters and a comic situation in search of something to do for 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2011
Watching good actors let their hair down can be fun, but watching them let their standards down isn't.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2011
Here is a curveball for a comedy home-run. But at its best, Horrible Bosses is a blooper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 7, 2011
If you're bright enough to count your change at the popcorn stand, you're too smart to see "Horrible Bosses."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 7, 2011
What's the point of a black comedy that doesn't go for the kill?
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
Another frantic bad-boy comedy, with a good premise rendered depressingly inane by characters whose behavior barely makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 7, 2011
Horrible Bosses is consistently funny, but it lacks the driving pace and frenetic energy that it so desperately needs.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 7, 2011
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2011
"Horrible Bosses" is funny and dirty in about that order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 7, 2011
Cleverly structured, "Horrible Bosses" works in spite of its cruder, scrotum-centric instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 7, 2011
"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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 7, 2011
Horrible Bosses succeeds almost entirely on the chemistry of its three leads, who remain likeable even while resorting to homicide.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 7, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 6, 2011
It's a film that's wildly, brazenly stupid -- but also, you know, fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
July 6, 2011
If you're like me, you won't entirely hate it ... but you may hate yourself in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 6, 2011
This foul-mouthed effort coasts on its leads' strong three-way chemistry and crack timing.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 5, 2011
Probably isn't horrible enough to excite younger viewers and will certainly not attract anyone else.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
July 5, 2011
What passes for comedy here doesn't have a chance against a thesis so scary and sad.