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Sorry, Haters (2005)

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27

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 11

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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An embittered television executive working for a hip-hop-oriented music channel finds her fate intricately tied with a New York City taxi driver after hailing his cab for questionable purposes in director Jeff Stanzler's intimate look at the tenuous relationship between Caucasians and Muslims in post-9/11 America. Phoebe (Robin Wright Penn) hates her job at Q Dog TV, and focuses the brunt of her disgruntled rage squarely on co-worker Phyllis MacIntyre (Sandra Oh). During the course of their

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Aug 8, 2006

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As the characters unravel -- and how -- so too does the movie.

March 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It contains such a gripping performance by Robin Wright Penn that it succeeds, in a way, despite itself. To see great work is a reason to see an imperfect movie, and to observe how the movie loses its way may be useful even if it's frustrating.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A preposterous screwball psychological drama called Sorry, Haters, a film roughly as successful as the phrase 'screwball psychological drama' implies.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It's a well-meaning but ultimately feeble and misguided attempt to say something profound about the aftereffects of the 2001 attacks on New York.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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That Penn and Kechiche are so committed to their roles only makes writer-director Jeff Stanzler's film more of a conundrum.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Sorry, Haters trades in glib reversals, not complexities -- just about everyone is a crude stereotype turned on its head.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Stereotype- and expectation-busting indie drama.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A psychological thriller with a cleverly-concealed subplot likely to surprise even the best of cinema sleuths.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

A product of a younger, confused generation raised on a junk diet of corporate media propaganda and tabloid news substituting hip for history, it's distanced from any candid self-reflection, while demonizing women as the main source of global distress.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

Does build steam as it goes, though the somewhat slow pacing works against it.

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Many audience members will likely be turned off by the film's bizarre ending. I'd defend it, solely on the grounds that it is the appropriate finish for the entire misbegotten mess.

April 13, 2006 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Despite moments of confusion in the script by director Jeff Stanzler, Sorry, Haters remains engrossing, largely because of Penn's superb portrayal.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Ambitious but seriously confused social commentary.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The idea could and previously has been done well, but here it makes for a thoroughly unpleasant film experience.

March 9, 2006 Full Review
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[It's] all about how New Yorkers are dealing with the wake of 9/11, but the replication of that off-kilter feeling comes all in the structure of the story and the heightened sense of the absurd that it creates.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Rather than lovers or haters, the film is most likely to find indifference from audiences.

March 8, 2006 Full Review
Arizona Daily Star

Contrary to what some critics have said, this is a taut thriller with a conclusion that is not "risible" but credible and cathartic.

March 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

The haters are not sorry, and they're the one making this film.

March 3, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Sorry, Haters fails to register as anything but a hollow piece of cinematic provocation.

March 3, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Sorry, Haters

[font=Century Gothic]In "Sorry, Haters", Phyllis(Robin Wright Penn) is an unstable and divorced executive for a music television channel in New York, looking to redeem her corporate job and make a difference in her empty life. One night, opportunity arrives when she hails a cab driven by Ashade(Abdellatif Kechiche), originally from Syria where he earned a PhD in chemistry. He spends all of his free time trying to gain the freedom of his brother who was deported and caring for his sister-in-law, Eloise(Elodie Bouchez). After he drives Phyllis out to her former home in New Jersey, she offers to help by contacting an attorney friend.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]But then she asks Ashade if he is interested in retribution...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Sorry, Haters" is a believable allegory about terrorism and American culture that Robin Wright Penn keeps together through sheer force of will. The movie has more than its share of twists, but never entirely goes off the rails. On the other hand, it is less than original.[/font]
May 8, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

wow what a movie...very realistic and an excellent performance by Robin Wright Penn...all I can say is see this movie!! Its a very disturbing and provocative character study...and yes, the ending will leave you speechless, and having you thinking long afterwards!
May 5, 2010
alanjayh
alan jay

Super Reviewer

Pretty interesting, but intense.
February 2, 2008
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Leo L

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