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Horrible Bosses 2 (15)


Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don't go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

The critical consensus

If anything suggests how limp it is, it’s the end credits featuring the now-traditional outtakes. Even they barely raise a smile.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 24/11/2014

What follows is a mix of scrotum-centric comedy, unreconstructed jokes about scary black men and unease about Aniston’s predatory dentist. You may laugh a few times but you will feel horrible.

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 24/11/2014

Your opinion of this unasked-for but likable comedy sequel depends entirely on whether your reaction to the statement “It’s better than the first one” is 1) “Dear God, it could hardly be worse” or 2) “Awesome!”

***(*)(*)David Hughes, Empire Online, 24/11/2014

It’s crime time again for LA ’s least capable crooks. Less wild, and a bit less winning than last time, this breezy kidnap caper still manages to take care of business.

***(*)(*)Kate Stables, Total Film, 24/11/2014

Almost in spite of itself, the film does serve up some laugh-out-loud moments.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 29/11/2014

If this is Hollywood’s idea of a comedy then Heaven help us all.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 28/11/2014

A crazily farcical plot delivers big comedy dialogue scenes and gags. It’s silly, but irresistible.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/11/2014

An improvement on its predecessor, this comedy sequel has plenty of moments that will get you guffawing. It follows in a long tradition of Hollywood comedy about goofy, downtrodden everymen.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 28/11/2014

All of Jason Bateman’s movies are slowly starting to blend together.

**(*)(*)(*)David Ehrlich, Little White Lies, 27/11/2014

So many characters bloats the running time but there are plenty of gags and some good twists.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 30/11/2014

As always, the end-credits outtakes attest that the cast found it all hilarious. Good for them. Bad for us.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 30/11/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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