Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 40
  2. Negative: 5 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 6, 2011
    100
    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: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 6, 2011
    91
    A bouncy, well-built, delightfully nasty tale of resentment, desperation, and amoral revenge that does for employer-employee relations what Danny DeVito and Bette Midler did for the bonds of matrimony in the great 1986 Zucker brothers comedy "Ruthless People."
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 7, 2011
    88
    Funny and dirty in about that order.
  4. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jul 7, 2011
    88
    Markowitz, Daley and Goldstein sounds like a New York firm that delivers financial advice, but they're asking you to invest only $9 of your cash and 100 minutes of your time. They have written the funniest movie I've seen this year in Horrible Bosses.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 11, 2011
    75
    For something like Horrible Bosses to sparkle, the actors have to shine... and shine they do.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 8, 2011
    75
    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.
  7. 75
    What's right about Horrible Bosses is less easy to identify, but it comes down to something like esprit de corps. The three principal actors click. The looseness of the structure actually proves a benefit, allowing Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, all trained on television comedy, to bounce off each other, talk over each other and apparently pull lines out of the air.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jul 7, 2011
    75
    It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre.
  9. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Jul 7, 2011
    75
    The movie is strongest when it stays with Bateman and Spacey, who play greatest-hits remixes of their best-loved performances.
  10. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 7, 2011
    75
    In the film's funniest scene, a coked-up Day rocks out to The Ting Tings' "That's Not My Name" in a car in a state of ecstatic frenzy.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 7, 2011
    75
    Cleverly structured, Horrible Bosses works in spite of its cruder, scrotum-centric instincts.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jul 6, 2011
    75
    The first funny film to give those "Bridesmaids" a run for their money.
  13. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 6, 2011
    75
    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. Imagine an X-rated Three Stooges farce, and you get the picture.
  14. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    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.
  15. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    Almost every actor in it outplays the material they're working with, particularly Jason Bateman. Horrible Bosses would be worth seeing if only for the pleasure of watching him delicately bat indelicate comedy around.
  16. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    Aside from having murder on their minds, these three are a lot more well-behaved than the "Hangover" guys.
  17. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    As inconsequential and virtually indistinguishable sub-Judd Apatow white-boy comedies fueled by prison-rape gags and pants-pissing anxiety around black people go, Horrible Bosses is pretty solid entertainment.
  18. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 6, 2011
    70
    Let's not pretend otherwise: The comedy here is profane, juvenile, silly. Fine by me, because some of it also is hilarious.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 7, 2011
    63
    Scorchingly raunchy - and yes, pretty funny.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 7, 2011
    63
    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.
  21. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 6, 2011
    63
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 7, 2011
    60
    All those who have to drag themselves to work every morning will surely find some comfort in Seth Gordon's cheerfully outrageous revenge comedy, Horrible Bosses.
  23. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 8, 2011
    50
    Idiocy can be funny, but let's not forget that for all of this movie's aspirations to be out-there, it relies on the staple of the sitcom mentality.
  24. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    Short, sour and scabrous, Bosses is that paradoxical thing: a situation comedy where neither situation nor comedy is particularly effective where nonetheless Jason Bateman is sidesplitting, as is Colin Farrell in a supporting role.
  25. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    Horrible Bosses has a handful of hilarious moments, but it's not exactly funny and not exactly serious, either.
  26. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    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.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    Spacey evokes memories of other movies in which he's played a shark, and it's inherently fascinating to hear Aniston talking dirty and to see Farrell with a combover, but nothing in the film is genuinely provocative.
  28. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    The story is so packed with over-the-top characters (including a hit man and hustler played by Jamie Foxx) that no one gets a chance to breathe.
  29. 50
    The laughs are proportionate to the stakes, which are middle-of-the-road.
  30. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jul 8, 2011
    45
    When faced with the choice of which gag to go for, Horrible Bosses generally selects the raunchiest laugh possible, all other considerations be damned.
  31. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Jul 22, 2011
    40
    These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre.
  32. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 7, 2011
    40
    All the put-upon boorishness of an office drone (Bateman), a chemical-plant manager (Sudeikis) and their sexually harassed buddy (Day) might be forgivable, were Horrible Bosses actually funny instead of sporadically amusing and desperately vulgar.
  33. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Jul 7, 2011
    40
    Boasting a terrific cast, the movie is unable to parlay its abundance of comic talent into an abundance of original comedy.
  34. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    The manner in which the central scheme plays out is predictably moronic, vulgar and juvenile, though the parties involved just about make up for it.
  35. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    This is middling TV material, almost comforting in its bland predictability - the kind of stuff you want on the seat-back screen when there's turbulence on a plane - but rarely actually laugh-out-loud funny, and never truly dark or daring.
  36. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 7, 2011
    38
    I say kill off everybody else and bring back Farrell for the sequel.
  37. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 7, 2011
    38
    Slow-witted, clumsy and almost pathologically reliant on crude name-calling for laughs - Horrible Bosses represents the lowest end of the comedy spectrum.
  38. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 8, 2011
    33
    The coarseness wouldn't be so bad if at least the steady stream of obscenities were funny.
  39. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 7, 2011
    30
    Horrible Bosses has preposterousness to burn, but no finesse and no interest in having any.
  40. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Jul 5, 2011
    30
    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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 421 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 109
  2. Negative: 9 out of 109
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    8
    Very solid film. The comedy wasn't gross out and stupid, it was somewhat articulate. I didn't feel like I was a little kid getting read aVery solid film. The comedy wasn't gross out and stupid, it was somewhat articulate. I didn't feel like I was a little kid getting read a story like I have with the past few comedies I have seen. Jason Sudekis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman are very funny together. You have the Player (Sudekis), the Mature One (Bateman) and the Crazy (Day) much like the Hangover. Very watchable and very funny. 8 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2011
    2
    The perfect adjective for Horrible Bosses is right there in the title. Horrible Bosses is an abysmal attempt at eliciting laughs out ofThe perfect adjective for Horrible Bosses is right there in the title. Horrible Bosses is an abysmal attempt at eliciting laughs out of disturbing and disgusting situations. Bosses has a decent cast with Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston playing the bosses. All three give decent performances considering the material they are given (Spacey even makes a joke about a grandmothers nickname pass as funny despite the fact its awful. I mean you feel bad for laughing not because of how mean Spacey is but because you feel as though you just degraded yourself.) Its the trio of actors who try and pass as the sympathetic yet weird underlings who plan to have their bosses murdered Strangers on a Train style who let the side down (if the script hadn't already done that). Jason Sudeikis brings nothing to the table despite his extensive comedy work on Saturday Night Live, Jason Bateman just plays the same old regular everyman character that he does in just about everything (Where is State of Play Jason, I liked that guy). Finally Charlie Day, as funny as he is on Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia seems to shout his lines in hope that loud noises will be interpreted by the audience as amusing instead of just plain annoying. Its a film that grates constantly because it never gets the dark comedy tone right because its too busy relying upon Hangover style jokes involving pubic hair and nymphomania (not necessarily in that order) Full Review »
  3. Jul 11, 2011
    8
    Three hard-working guys (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis) are tormented by their bosses (Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, ColinThree hard-working guys (Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis) are tormented by their bosses (Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell), so they decide to do them in. Instead of relying of gross-out gags and over-the-top outrageousness, this film features genuinely funny characters and situations. The leading trio have great comic chemistry and their non-stop banter provides most of the laughs. The bad guys are obviously having lots of fun, too. This film won't break any new ground (although it may launch Charlie Day's big screen stardom), but it's energy will certainly keep you amused. Full Review »