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Horrible Bosses Review Critics


Dave White Profile

More harmless than horrible. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Let's go kill some bosses! Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Horrible Bosses has preposterousness to burn, but no finesse and no interest in having any.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    It's over-the-top stuff, to be sure. But Bosses never crosses that line into the macabre.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

All-star comedy is pretty raunchy -- and hilarious.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this funny-but-raunchy comedy earns its R rating with scenes that include violence (guns and shooting, some fighting), heavy sexual innuendo (though no nudity), and almost constant foul language (including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and much more). Plus, one of the movie's villains has a cocaine problem, and the main characters are seen (accidentally) getting high as well as drinking. Of the three main characters (played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day), one is a serial seducer who sleeps with more than one woman during the movie, but the others -- despite planning to murder their evil bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston) -- are generally good-hearted people.

  • Families can talk about whether the main characters are sympathetic and/or admirable people. What makes them different from their bosses?
  • At least two characters think about sex most of the time and sleep with more than one partner. Is this a healthy outlet for them? What could they do differently?
  • Do the horrible bosses qualify as bullies? What are some more positive ways to handle bullies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The three main characters each have a serious problem to solve, with seemingly no easy or rational way out. Their behavior -- planning to murder their "horrible bosses" -- is inexcusable, but the movie shows that none of them would really go through with it. The fact that they actually take steps to solve their problems is somewhat admirable, and in the end they do learn to be (slightly) more responsible.

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    Role models: Kurt is a serial seducer who sleeps with at least two women during the course of the movie, and Nick seems like the most calculating (and therefore the most likely to go through with the plan). Dale isn't as smart as the other two, but of the three main characters, he seems to have the best heart and is usually the one who suggests doing the right thing. The bosses, of course, have no redeeming qualities.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One character pulls out a gun, fires several shots, and kills a man; there's a little blood. In another scene, a character stabs a man several times with a hypodermic needle in an effort to alleviate a fatal allergic reaction. A character is punched out. The main characters also sometimes squabble amongst themselves, slapping and hitting each other. One is sexually harassed by his boss.

  • sex false4

    Sex: No nudity, but very heavy sexual innuendo. One female character is constantly trying to seduce a male character. She appears with nothing on except a lab coat (which covers all her sensitive parts), taunts him with phallic imagery, and uses strong sexual language. One of the main characters is a serial seducer; he flirts with several women and sleeps with at least two of them (off screen). Another man also flirts with, kisses, and fondles many women. There's a scene involving a man who urinates on other men for pleasure, but nothing is shown.

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    Language: Almost-constant strong language includes nonstop use of words including "f--k" and "s--t" (in all their variations), plus "p---y," "bitch," "a--hole," "c--k," "prick," "d--k," "balls," vagina," "faggot," "damn," "crap," "hand job," "goddamn," "douchebag," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

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    Consumerism: A mention of Applebee's, an image of a FedEx delivery person, and an image of someone playing Angry Birds.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One of the bad guys has a cocaine habit, though he's never seen snorting. The main characters accidentally drop a box containing cocaine and get a massive contact high from breathing the airborne powder. One of the heroes is tricked into gulping a glass of Scotch at work. The guys drink beer in a bar after work.