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The Boss Baby (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Boss Baby's talented cast, glimmers of wit, and flashes of visual inventiveness can't make up for a thin premise and a disappointing willingness to settle for doody jokes.

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DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks' The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

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Alec Baldwin
as Boss Baby
Steve Buscemi
as Francis Francis
James McGrath
as Wizzie/Elvis Impersonator
Eric Bell Jr.
as Triplets
Edie Mirman
as Big Boss Baby
James Ryan
as Story Bear
Walt Dohrn
as Photographer
Jules Winter
as Crying Boy/Little Boy/Boy
Nina Zoe Bakshi
as Tim's Daughter/Girl/Little Girl
Tom McGrath
as TV Chef
Brian Hopkins
as Airport Security Guard
Glenn Harmon
as Airport Announcer
Joseph Izzo
as Elvis Impersonators
Chris Miller
as Captain Ross
Andrea Montana Knoll
as Flight Attendant
Christopher Miller
as Captain Ross
Chloe Albrecht
as Hazmat Baby
Tobey Maguire
as Narrator
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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (29)

Its snappy, pop-culture-referencing script feels workshopped to death.

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

I could have done without the kewpie-doll faces and oversized eyes, but for the most part and where it counts, The Boss Baby gets its kids just right.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

It's the rare cartoon that actually feels like a cartoon, propelled by its goofiness and sheer energy and rarely bogged down by boring, polemical lesson-learning.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's not easy to make an entire movie around a two-word premise, and "Boss Baby" shows why.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

The plot is so senseless it could have been written up by bleary, sleep-deprived parents. It's all just a pretext for a pitiful one-joke movie.

March 30, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

The animation and sound effects are so superbly rendered -- the fantasy sequences have an entirely different and nifty flavor -- that a drop of drool or a puff of baby powder seems to have real texture and feeling.

March 30, 2017 | Full Review…
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Boss Baby


Alec Baldwin lends his voice to make this children's film highly amusing. But it Is a children's film, it's simple and sweet for a Sunday movie.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

DreamWorks has always favored frivolous humor over meaningful insight. They aren't Pixar. This isn't necessarily always a bad thing as they have had some solid hits in the recent years. Kung Fu Panda remains my favorite of the series from the studio. With The Boss Baby, their signature humor remains intact. I laughed quite often in the early stages of the film. Alec Baldwin is hilarious voicing the baby at the center, however, while I admire DreamWorks for getting ambitious with the concept of the film, it is almost so high-concept, that the core audience will be completely lost and the adults will shrug at how convoluted the many twists in the plot are. Still, The Boss Baby is frequently bouncy and frenetic and will entertain the kiddies, even if they don't get all the plot points. In the end, however, the need of the directors to pile on a thickly saccharine ending that keeps rolling on, makes the film end rather disingenuously. Rating: 60

Bradley J
Bradley J

Super Reviewer


DreamWorks Animation continues to prove that even if they keep on trying, their animated movies will never reach the pinnacle of Pixar's throne. I think DreamWorks Animation here focuses on too much comedy rather than story. It's why films like this Boss Baby fails to surprise the average moviegoer who focuses on story. Not even the comedy here is worth laughing at. Take a chuckle or two if you must but just remember this; DreamWorks Animation, even if Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon prove to be king-tier for the studio's film history, will never ever be as surprising as Pixar. End of story.

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