The Boss Reviews

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August 11, 2016
While there's plenty about The Boss to appreciate, I'm just not certain there's a great deal to like.
August 10, 2016
There's something irrepressible about McCarthy's shtick. Her foul-mouthed rants are always amusing, even when they're not quite laugh-out-loud funny.
July 22, 2016
The Boss is sketch comedy, with none of the lines colored in.
June 12, 2016
The confidently modest McCarthy creates her own happy endings. Make a date with this woman and you'll TF it's Friday.
June 12, 2016
Racks up enough laughs to justify the ticket price.
June 10, 2016
Look, I love Melissa McCarthy -- she is a truly gifted comic actress -- and I want to love her films. So she should stop making bad ones! It's bumming me out!
June 9, 2016
It is probably too much to expect a mainstream comedy to sustain the level of malice, greed, misanthropy, and cynicism that propels The Boss early on. Without these elements, though, the film drifts off into dreary conventionality.
June 9, 2016
It's quite funny, though not exactly original, and as with Amy Schumer, you can see how McCarthy gets de-fanged by the imperatives of mainstream Hollywood comedy, with its need for sentimental resolutions.
June 9, 2016
McCarthy is stranded, salvaging only what she can through the stray excellence of her timing, which is more or less infallible.
June 6, 2016
In the film's floundering search for a decent laugh, the wackiness is upped to desperate levels in the hope that something - anything - might stick.
June 5, 2016
Fitfully funny but failing to really build to much of anything, The Boss is mostly a bust. Even its main character would have a hard time buying it.
April 21, 2016
Dinklage is awful as the foppish villain, and aside from one uproarious, ad-libbed riff, McCarthy seems to be on autopilot.
April 15, 2016
The Boss is not as clever or as funny as it might have been, but seeing it made me think about a few issues within the film and outside of it, which is not a bad result.
April 14, 2016
McCarthy and her director and co-writer Ben Falcone -- who previously collaborated with her on the underrated Tammy -- struggle to sustain the energy of this opening.
April 14, 2016
The script was co-written by McCarthy herself in collaboration with Steve Mallory, a pal from her Groundlings days, and her husband, actor-writer Ben Falcone, who directed the film, but it fails to give her anything like the nourishment she needs.
April 13, 2016
An opportunity to watch a comedic performer at the top of her game revel boldly in her own confident weirdness.
April 11, 2016
It doesn't have a story beyond, "What if Melissa McCarthy played the boss?" That it almost succeeds is a testament to her strengths as a performer and the rest of the game ensemble cast.
April 11, 2016
The movie is all too neat a package for McCarthy's exuberantly inventive comic artistry.
April 10, 2016
Even though The Boss is co-written by McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone (who should know his wife's strengths better), the film often strands its title character in shrill one-note caricature, mostly unchallenged.
April 9, 2016
McCarthy is funniest when she's hardcore; her worst movies, this and 'Tammy' and 'Identity Thief,' force her to go all soft.
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