The Boss Reviews

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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 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 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.
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 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
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 8, 2016
I persist in believing that Melissa McCarthy is capable of starring in a movie that not only makes a scads of money but is -- you know -- good. The latest refutation of my belief is The Boss.
April 8, 2016
A few moments are fantastically bonkers, but granting director duties to McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone, feels more like an act of love than wisdom.
April 8, 2016
McCarthy is great - foul-mouthed, funny and fierce. And for those of us who suffered painfully (yet hopefully) through things like "Identity Thief," the movie feels like a healthy step forward.
April 8, 2016
This is a lazy Melissa McCarthy vehicle that relies on relentless potty-mouth moments - it's so funny when otherwise decorous characters continually do the vulgar! - and the pratfall comedy of McCarthy.
April 8, 2016
"The Boss" never feels like more than a series of bawdy, R-rated sketches held together by bubble gum and masking tape.
April 7, 2016
It is hard to think of a movie squandering the opportunity of a perfectly timed cultural moment quite like "The Boss."
April 7, 2016
It's just early April, but I have an early contender for the most loathsome, ill-advised, horrible executed, most spectacularly unfunny movie scene of the year.
April 7, 2016
Did you ever think only male comics could obsess over infantile boob, crotch and sex jokes? The Boss will set you straight on that delusion, too.
April 7, 2016
As in McCarthy's slipshod road movies Identity Thief and Tammy, the material here isn't on her level, the laughs are largely cheap and once again, the hall-of-fame comic actress is stuck in a minor-league movie.
April 7, 2016
McCarthy shines when loosely riffing, but the plot tightens around her like a vise.
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