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Horrible Bosses


Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

The critical consensus

Frantic, funny and packed full of big names behaving badly – Ioan Gruffudd, OMG...

***(*)(*)Rob James, Total Film, 12/07/2011

Horrible Bosses is let down by central combination of Bateman, Sudeikis and Day, a trio that lacks the chemistry required to anchor the film sympathetically. Despite obvious effort, the dense plotting and macho bravado marks Gordon’s film out as a demotion for a talented workforce.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 13/07/2011

Horrible Bosses doesn’t have the courage of its convictions. All the vicarious thrill evaporates when it becomes clear that this trio don’t have the balls to actually go through with murder.

**(*)(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 18/07/2011

Laugh out loud in places, awkwardly crude in others.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 21/07/2011

It’s funnier than the Hangover films, better plotted, and generally a cut above. Overall, a pleasant surprise.

***(*)(*)David Gritten, The Telegraph, 21/07/2011

Occasionally amusing but mostly crude, charmless and misjudged comedy that veers between broad knockabout material and something aspiring to the more realistic, hyperobserved comedy style of TV's The Office.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/07/2011

These bosses cannot justify either murder or lasting comic memories, fatally compromising a farce that could have been great but ends up merely mediocre.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 20/07/2011

One of the year’s best comedies.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 21/07/2011

Gordon’s comedy has a neat set up and more big-name stars than you can shake a P45 at. There are even one or two zinger lines as the plot plays out, but there’s also an air of sourness about the movie that cuts short the pleasure after a while.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 21/07/2011

The sub-Porky's style humour elicits a few guffaws, but a little more wit and subtlety would have helped.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 22/07/2011

If you only get round to seeing one comedy this year, see Bridesmaids. If you see two, make sure to catch this one.

****(*)Daily Record, 22/07/2011

A one-man show...there is nothing for it but to "watch this Spacey".

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 21/07/2011

Just another case of adults behaving badly and talking dirty.

Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/07/2011

There are a few laughs to be had from Jamie Foxx's cameo as a tough-talking barfly who exploits the heroes' racial prejudices for cash by agreeing to become their "murder consultant". But such things just make you wish Horrible Bosses didn't repeatedly bottle out.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/07/2011

I laughed frequently, probably to the detriment of my self-respect.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/07/2011

It's a hilarious example of less is more.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 24/07/2011

Features about Horrible Bosses

Another view on Horrible Bosses

Laura Barnett, The Guardian, 01/08/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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