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The Good Boss(El buen patrón)

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Spain · 2021
2h 0m
Director Fernando León de Aranoa
Starring Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor, Óscar de la Fuente
Genre Comedy

Julio Blanco is the charismatic CEO of a manufacturing company. He's preparing for the arrival of a national committee that could give the company a prestigious award, and is willing to do anything to improve his chances.

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Screen Daily by

Bardem’s performance, as a man who has spent a lifetime hiding his unethical behaviour behind the veneer of patrician affability and who seems to have lost his feel for what’s right and wrong, has a depth and complexity that seems to come from somewhere else.


Little White Lies by David Jenkins

It’s a decently constructed piece of fluff that is way too soft to exert any real lasting impact. Yet the reason to see it is for Bardem’s masterful, completely committed lead turn. The real comedy gold comes from his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it expressions and mannerisms that usually come when he’s listening to other people talk.


Variety by Guy Lodge

At two hours, rather intricately stuffed with subplots ranging from frivolous to grimly consequential, “The Good Boss” struggles to pick up the pace when required: The laughs are there, but more spaced out than they could be.


The Observer (UK) by Mark Kermode

An impressively slick and slimy performance from Javier Bardem is the standout selling point for this serviceable if (perhaps appropriately?) workaday satire on corporate corruption and alienated capitalism.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The raffish charisma and sinister, saturnine handsomeness of Javier Bardem is what raises this movie above the standard of soap-opera … mostly.

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