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Sorry to Bother You

  • Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler
  • Director: Boots Riley
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 105 min.

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

"It’s a roiling mix of wry race comedy, economy-grade dystopian sci-fi, and Silicon Valley satire. Also, it's as funny and as caustic as hell. "
- Liam Lacey, Original-Cin
"There are a lot of reasons to be thankful for Sorry to Bother You — one being that it represents the return of the inspired/demented midnight-movie satire — but the rise of Lakeith Stanfield to leading man status is probably the most satisfying. "
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Riley’s film is a welcome hand grenade of subversive power that often reminded me of another incendiary film, Terry Gilliam’s classic Brazil.""
- Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"Boots Riley’s first feature is a scintillating comedic outburst of political imagination and visionary fury. "
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Certainly weird, confrontational, wildly satirical, and certainly unique, Sorry to Bother You is one of the funniest, energetic, and best films of the year. "
- Witney Seibold, IGN
"A film of mounting artistic imagination, Sorry to Bother You spirals into a type of mind-bending madness that is both persistently fun and one-of-a-kind. "
- Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International
"Exploding with infectious originality, Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You may be the most wonderfully bizarre film of 2018. "
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley's see-it-to-believe-it feature debut as a director, goes from agreeably strange to weird to surreal, but its brilliance lies in how it never stops feeling real, genuine, lived-in. "
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Sorry to Bother You, the feature debut of writer-director Boots Riley, and the no-contest wildest comedy of the season, will keep your mind busy for weeks."
- Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
"A politically charged, love-it-or-hate-it, speculative-fiction fantasy that ruthlessly skewers and satirizes the modern age while also being darkly absurdist and brutally funny."
- Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle
"Rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout directing debut with this no-mercy satire, starring a breakout Lakeith Stanfield, that gets all up in your face about race and the media. Summer has found its real fireworks right here."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"If you dig the handmade surrealism of Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry or the antiestablishment weirdness of Repo Man, then this one is undoubtedly for you."
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly