7.2/10 (IMDB)

The Good Boss

1h 59m Comedy
The Good Boss
The Good Boss


Básculas Blanco, a Spanish company producing industrial scales in a provincial Spanish town, awaits the imminent visit from a committee which holds its fate in their hands as to whether they merit a local Business Excellence award. Everything has to be perfect when the time comes. Working against the clock, the company’s proprietor, Blanco (Bardem) pulls out all the stops to address and resolve issues with his employees, crossing every imaginable line in the process.


Fernando León de Aranoa


Javier Bardem, Manolo Solo, Almudena Amor


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  • "The Good Boss is designed to be an acting tour de force for Bardem, and it’s certainly that... It’sa memorably dominating performance."
    - The Arts Desk
  • "Reminiscent of the Coen brothers’ trademark cinematic sarcasm...slickly entertaining"
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "It’s Javier Bardem’s show as he reunites with Fernando Leon de Aranoa for this parable of power. "
    - Screen International
  • "It’s smartly shot and nicely paced by the writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa, and occasionally taps into some zany Coen brothers energy."
    - Times (UK)
  • "Fernando León de Aranoa’s THE GOOD BOSS pairs star power against workers rights, nepotism against sex, and desire against human rights, it’s undoubtedly the best satire I’ve seen this year and a great display of Spanish cinema."
    - Drink in the Movies
  • "It’s a comedy, but no laughing matter. It’s the blackest of satires -- the kind in which a smiling face hides a monstrous heart."
    - Sydney Morning Herald
  • "THE GOOD BOSS memorably depicts the facade of modern capitalism and industry. It is also the film for which Bardem should have been nominated for Best Actor."
    - Impulse Gamer
  • "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."
    - Observer


  • Goya Awards
  • Sant Jordi Awards
  • The Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema
  • Premios Carmen
  • Feroz Awards
  • Días de Cine Awards
  • CinEuphoria Awards
  • Cinema Writers Circle Awards
  • Fotogramas de Plata
  • José María Forqué Awards
  • Spanish Actors Union


  • San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
  • Seattle Int'l Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Espanoramas Film Festival
  • Movies That Matter Festival
  • Nantes Spanish Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival