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  • Summary: For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con, the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers...permanently. There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them. [Warner Bros.] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 6, 2011
    The funniest comedy of degeneracy since "Bad Santa," and a career-changer for Aniston and Farrell if they'll only keep following their perverted muses. Horrible Bosses spins hostile work environments into a movie surpassing "9 to 5" and "Office Space" as the touchstone flick for disenchanted drones.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 7, 2011
    Cleverly structured, Horrible Bosses works in spite of its cruder, scrotum-centric instincts.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 8, 2011
    Gets considerable gas from the fact that Bateman, Sudeikis and Day so convincingly play three idiotic pals. The real fun, though, is in the fantastic supporting cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 6, 2011
    As its titular tyrants, Spacey, Aniston, and Farrell all revel in their over-the-top noxiousness, though the latter is mysteriously given short shrift even though his performance is far and way the most novel and gonzo.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 7, 2011
    Horrible Bosses doesn't quite qualify as a black comedy. Without the conviction to follow through on its own macabre premise, this underachieving little movie washes out to a muddy grayish-brown.
  6. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Jul 22, 2011
    These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre.
  7. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jul 5, 2011
    The lameness of the gags and dialogue and the film's frequent deep dives for the bottom at the expense of real comedy speak to desperation in Hollywood to figure out the audience for contemporary naughty comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 105
  2. Negative: 8 out of 105
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Better than the Hangover in the way that it's going to be far more re-watchable, and I doubt it will have an almost identical sequel which has a third of the funny parts and really should have been called a remake. Jason Bateman and Charlie Day rule while Spacey and Aniston(surprisingly Aniston honestly)really bring it home. The guy from SNL wasn't bad but really reminded me of Ed Helms only Day has the more frantic parts. Both Bateman and Spacey are so brilliant with how deadpan they are... which makes Day's frantic, hilarious character that's quite similar to Charlie on It's Always Sunny but a tad smarter and not the raging drunk that that character is. He had the funniest running joke about being a registered sex offender... Expand
  2. Sep 13, 2014
    As hilarious as the hangover, Kevin Spacey has the best role in the movie, outlandishly amusing.
  3. Jul 10, 2011
    The movie was a solid 8, with a fun story line, great casting, plenty of laughs all the way through, and the additional scenes I've never seen in a movie, until this one, in the out-takes during the credits, make this a 9. It is vulgar, sexual and gross, but a good film for those who are not prudes. Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    "Life is a marathon and you cannot win a marathon without putting a few bandaids on your nipples!"

    Horrible Bosses has a great concept,
    great actors, hilarious dialog, and the fact that its a rated R comedy makes it even better. Really though if they had tried the makes this a pg13 movie it would have just been not funny and unwatchable. Seth Gordon has come out with 3 movies now and this one is for sure the best and only one worth watching, his first movie "Four Christmases" was pure unwatchable crap and his most recent movie Identity Thief is also pretty horrible. Im pretty sure you could have thrown any decent director in this and it would have been just as good.

    So the movie follows three friends Nick Hendricks(Jason Bateman), Dale Arbus(Charlie Day), and Kurt Buckman(Jason Sudeikis) as they try to figure out a way to kill their bosses that they absolutely hate. Bateman's boss is played by Kevin Spacey and pretty much again Spacey was the best part of the whole movie he plays being a rude dick to perfection. Now we have Sudeikis's boss played by Colin Farrell who is a coked up douche bag that only got the job because his dad died. So this leaves us with Charlie Day's boss who is played by Jennifer Aniston a sex crazed dentist that is always trying to have sex with him. Aniston at this point stopped relying on her acting which was never all the good to begin with for being half naked in almost all her scenes but she was still actually pretty funny, most of though she was flipping SEXY!!!!!!.

    The movie has plenty of jokes throughout at no point did i feel the movie slow down yet it does take a little while before we actually get to the part where they want to kill their bosses the scenes that fill that time are showing you just how horrible these bosses can be. The guy that tells them how to kill their bosses is played by Jamie Foxx his role is minor and you see him only like two or three times so he was forgettable the best about him was his name **** Jones.

    Overall i give it a 7.5 im hopping Horrible Bosses two will be just as funny also i didnt know John Francis Daley wrote the script for this that guy is just awesome.
  5. Feb 23, 2013
    From Arrested Development creator, Brett Ratner, and the star of Freaks Geeks, John Francis Daly, comes Horrible Bosses. What made this film stand out from other raunchy comedies, was that there wasn't just one super funny guy that the other played off of. Every character had their moment and was funny in their own way. The story was fairly original too. Three miserable guys decide all their problems would end if they kill each other's boss and they go on a hilarious mission to get the job done. While I love the idea and thought the movie was genuinely funny, what it lacks is character development. Other than the abuses they face at work, you don't really know too much about these guys and where they are coming from. I feel like that weakened the film, but what more than makes up for it is a ton of hilarious cameos. I love cameos and there are some great ones from Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Bob Newhart, and Collin Farrell. Horrible Bosses while lacking substance is defiantly good for a few laughs, which is pretty much all that I expect from these types of movies. Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2011
    It was a pretty generic comedy film for the most part. The actors/actress who played the bosses were outstanding and definently worth watching for them but the other actors of the main cast werent as good. Also its pretty boring and stupid as well. Expand
  7. May 17, 2013
    Too many talkings, bra, bra, bra, boring.

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