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Sorry To Bother You (15)

Science Fiction, Comedy

US science-fiction comedy in which an African-American telemarketer becomes highly successful after adopting a 'white voice'.

The critical consensus

Dynamic debut feature from Boots Riley that's brash and unruly but sharply satirical.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 03/12/2018

Wildly inventive, unpredictable, and unhinged, Riley’s genre-bender stands out from the comedy pack.

****(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 03/12/2018

No fence-sitting here, Sorry To Bother You wallops its targets. Drenched in self-awareness, it is fantastically refreshing, defiantly announcing Riley as a radical new voice.

****(*)Alex Godfrey, Empire Online, 03/12/2018

Riley builds on the history of satirical cinema to tell a sharply contemporary fable that critiques the related inequities of race, class and unionised labour.

*****Christopher Machell, The Skinny, 06/12/2018

Boots Riley’s cheerfully anarchic satire.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/12/2018

Riley’s willingness to be true to the ideas he’s exploring ensures it transcends any influences to become a singular work of gonzo brilliance in its own right.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/12/2018

A likable loser takes cold calling to a new level in Riley’s gleefully anarchic directorial debut that tackles race and class with the flair of peak Woody Allen.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 09/12/2018

Where and when?

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday December 7, 2018, until Sunday December 30, 2018. More info:

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