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Sorry to Bother You (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Fearlessly ambitious, scathingly funny, and thoroughly original, Sorry to Bother You loudly heralds the arrival of a fresh filmmaking talent in writer-director Boots Riley.

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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, black telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe of "powercalling" that leads to material glory. But the upswing in Cassius' career raises serious red flags with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a performance artist and minimum-wage striver who's secretly part of a Banksy-style activist collective. As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.


LaKeith Stanfield
as Cassius Green
Armie Hammer
as Steve Lift
Terry Crews
as Sergio Green
Steven Yeun
as Squeeze
Omari Hardwick
as Mr. Blank
Danny Glover
as Langston
Patton Oswalt
as White Mr. Blank
David Cross
as White Cassius Green
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (8)

What the movie lacks in focus it makes up for in flipped-bird absurdity.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing safe about Boots Riley's film-nothing predictable, nothing derivative or generic, nothing routine. It is what we want from Sundance in that it's a confrontational, unforgettable announcement of a new talent.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a hugely ambitious project that ultimately caves under the weight of its own artistic intentions, but that shouldn't stop this revolutionary statement from making its mark.

January 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Sorry to Bother You is a house party of a movie, some rooms more lively than others, some you wish you could spend more time in, some downright unforgettable in the best way.

January 24, 2018 | Full Review…

A scattershot, intermittently pointed satire whose jokes and insights land with about the same (in)frequency.

January 23, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Some of it works, some of it leaves you scratching your head. But director Boots Riley is one to watch.

January 23, 2018 | Full Review…

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