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The Boss Baby
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Genre: Family
Running Time: 97 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Written by: Michael McCullers
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Dreamworks Animation
Starring: Alec Baldwin
Steve Buscemi
Miles Bakshi
Jimmy Kimmel
Lisa Kudrow
Next film: The Boss Baby 2 (2021)

The Boss Baby is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film, loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Produced by DreamWorks Animation, the film is directed by Tom McGrath and written by Michael McCullers. It stars the voices of Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey Maguire. The plot follows a baby who is a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies.

The Boss Baby premiered in Miami on March 12, 2017, and was released by 20th Century Fox on March 31, 2017, in the United States. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $435 million worldwide against its $125 million budget.

As of 2018, it got a series on Netflix.


A wildly imaginative 7-year-old discovers that his new brother, Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin), is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

Bad Qualities

  1. The premise of babies working in an office environment is ridiculous and tiresome.
  2. It wasted the talents of Alec Baldwin and Tobey Maguire
  3. A majority of the characters come off as bland and unlikeable.
  4. A countless list of gross-out humor.
  5. The story is yet another generic story with bland morals about love. The story is also cliched.
  6. Bland art design.
  7. Cringe-worthy fake pathos.
  8. The film is extremely unfaithful to the book it was based on.
  9. The ending is silly and completely out of the blue.
  10. Francis E. Francis is a pretty lame and generic villian.
  11. The Netflix show sucks also. In fact, it's arguably even worse than the movie.
  12. In one scene, we see a shot of Boss Baby's rear end.
  13. Similar to Baby Geniuses, the babies act more like adults than actual babies which is more disturbing than funny.
  14. The imagination sequences are mostly pointless and feel out of place.
  15. A plot-hole the other babies that aren't at baby-corp can still talk without a formula, also while at baby-corp babies can read the ones that aren't can't, as seen in one scene where the boss baby shows the other babies that puppies are getting even more love than the babies.
  16. The movie has unnecessary pop-culture refrences like at one point where tim's alarm clock (wizzie) makes a lord of the rings refrence, The Beatles blackbird as heard in the movie and Elvis Presley so people can get to las vegas for free.

Good Qualities

  1. Alec Baldwin and Miles Bakshi's performances are great.
  2. Some few good jokes.
  3. Francis E. Francis (The villain) has decent characterization, especially about his motivations.
  4. The animation is well-made compared to the rest of the DreamWorks films.
  5. The credits at the end is decently animated.


The Boss Baby received mostly mixed reviews from critics and audiences. The film holds a 52% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 6.3 on IMDB and a 50% rating on Metacritic.

Awards and nominations

The Boss Baby was nominated for an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film.


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