Sorry to Bother You (2018) - Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Boots Riley
Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 73 out of 377 found boring (19.36%)

One-line Reviews (180)

The ladder half of the movie is when it feels the movie kinda dragged for me.

I think, imho, that it's pretty much a waste of money, both for the producer and the viewer.

Yes, it's different and edgy, but mostly it's just slow, weird and bad dialogue.

Quirky, thought-provoking, entertaining.

The wildly unexpected plot twist at the end of the second act will be too much for some people (there were multiple walk-outs at the screening I attended).

Should Have Walked Out of The Theater .

Litterally a waste of time.

I ended up giving it 2 out of 10 stars only because 1] some core ideas in the film struck me as clever at times even while I was also enduring its slow pacing and repetition; and 2] there are clearly talented, committed actors here.

Many people got up and walked out of the theater and only sheer curiosity of how it would end kept me from following right behind them.

Even though the conclusion is a bit sloppy, this is still a very enjoyable and refreshingly edgy film.

They become very generic at times and sometimes boring.

Because it simply is incredibly boring.

Waste of time .

While i do enjoy weird stuff in movies, in this one there was to much "preaching" about social issues, might be more relevant if you are from america or a black person maybe, to me it felt to slow.

There's a surreal absurdity teasing out relations of inequality that is more compelling and brutally honest than the evening news these days.

It was a complete waste of money and time for my brain cells to try to make sense of this movie.

Totally unpredictable .

Total waste of time .

And it dragged on.

Lakeith Stanfield is a great engaging actor with his girlfriend Tessa Thompson, at least in the movie, in which both are wonderful!

This is a politically-minded film which never feels too preachy, because -- like "Get Out" -- its social criticisms are wrapped-up in such an entertaining package.

Performances in the film are outstanding throughout, and the film is incredibly engaging throughout its run time.

The beginning and weird funky nature of the movie made it more enjoyable then an average summer comedy/fantasy movie.

Overall, really enjoyable though I think its not for everyone.

It was fun and enjoyable to watch with some friends!

At 1 hour and 45 minutes running time the film has few lulls and is filled with lots of laughs.

The first 20 minutes were OK, but after that period the movie was very boring for me.

Boredom all they way around me.

Satire at it's most unsubtle, but bloody entertaining.

But its too long (1h 50 is insane), it has too many subplots (way too many things to say that makes the experience unfocussed and messy), it could use some editing (the second act, more than anything), the comedy is too absurd (I literally laughed once, and it was probably the dumbest joke/commentary of the film) and the resolution a bit confusing (although, if I got it right, its nuanced and really great).


However if you compare this movie to every other movie, or even every other comedy, OR EVEN every other blaxploitation film (which this is, in a postmodern way, of course), it's just kind of meh, disjointed and vacuous.

Worst Movie I Have Seen in 20 years .

The film tackles crazy ideas while still remaining funny and entertaining the whole way true.

One of the most exciting movie watching experiences I've had in years.

If you are a normal person don't waste your time with time terrible and disturbing movie.

The first half is too long and not well-paced.

From the first act and how dull and drab and out of focus everything is due to our main character's disinterest in his life and job, to the second act's sharp clarity where he is focused on doing the best he can at his job.

This film is an interesting one, it starts off slow and methodical as most films do following the classic Hollywood narrative.

Starring Lakeith Stanfield in the lead role, it is easily the most bizarre but entertaining film of 2018.

The writing for this movie is EXTREMELY witty and snappy.

" I expected some cool editing and cool shots through the whole movie, but only some shots where somewhat interesting and mostly bland.

Probably the worst movie I've ever seen!

Sorry to be a waste of your time.

I've generously given this offering a 4/10 It's been described as a disjointed mess and i'd have to agree.

The ending was predictable, the commentary on capitalism was generally dull and uninspired and the 'twists' were just meh.

In fact, I watched it twice in the same day as I enjoyed it so much I felt it necessary to share it with friends.

It is enjoyable on the whole, even though the 3rd act just came out of nowhere and hit me right across.

The absurdity and the outright craziness this film reaches is neither enjoyable nor comfortable.

I got bored after the first act and stopped rooting for the protagonist.

But it's boring.

Enjoyable artistry .

I haven't laughed this hard at a movie in a long time, Boots Riley manages to make the mundane tremendous and the frightening, seem asinine.

Despite the occasional misfires, he has put together an entertaining, intelligent and important film that encapsulates these times from the working poor's perspective.

It was so slow moving it was painful.

Sorry to Bother You is a funny, powerful and unpredictable debut from Boots Riley.

Incredible and unpredictable .

Poor storyline, bad character development, attempts at humour will make you sad, incredibly pong given the lack of story and/or characters with no depth.

Worst Movie I've seen in a Very Long Time....

The story is funny, interesting and unexpected.

Very enjoyable, and the build-up of understated insanity is gauged perfectly so that the suspension of disbelief is never compromised.

STBY was awful, dreadful, annoying,boring, stupid, dire, pointless, and just downright terrible.

Weird ending stuff aside, I just found this movie uninteresting, annoying, and full of characters who were extremely unlikable.

Fascinating and original .

As numerous others have mentioned, the first half is springing with engaging humor and insights of telemarking, something Riley had experienced by working the phones early in his life.

If you're a fan of dry, surrealist humor, are into left-wing politics, or just fed up with the banality of your work life -- do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

It was a disjointed mess.

Absurd, funny, smart, intriguing, romantic (???

Full of many messages and interesting ideas that move from light comedy to semi horror has noble intentions but is messy and disjointed and ultimately fails to convince or entertain.

Boots Riley recent Sundance hit starring Lakeith Stanfield & Tessa Thompson is a slingshot full of bile tossed at our employers for the mundane, mind numbing existences we lead as the proletariat.

Artists writing about their art, easily gets incestuous and tiresome.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly triggering for debates.

Most of the reviews I've seen on here for this movie have been good but I would like to say this is probably one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

After a specific plot point where Hammer's CEO character is "horsing" around, the story suddenly becomes disjointed.

This is the question you'll be asking yourself before you even leave the theater.

Absolutely incredible and enjoyable .

Don't waste your time.

Despite being incredibly slow at times, and incomprehensibly ridiculous elsewhere, there is a certain light-hearted charm to the film.

This is probably the worst movie I've seen, ever, period.

The acting is natural and engaging from all the main characters, the scenery and photography are a so appropriate, dripping with significance, and quick to make you to pause and stare at the scene to take it all in, to understand how deep the message goes.

It was funny at first, even if it was slow.

Waste of MoviePass's money .

Sorry to Bore You .

Plz plz dont waste your time.

Odd and fascinating .

So after seeing I came here to write: Shame on every one of you who gave this boring movie a positive review.

Mostly though, this is an unpredictable and wonderfully insane burst of colorful creativity that I can guarantee will be unlike anything else you'll see all year.

Good: The concept was original and different and the first two-thirds of the movie were interesting/engaging.

The whole movie is confusing, feels like it's 4 hours long, and the goddamn horse-people freaked me out so much I felt like I was gonna have nightmares.

Entertaining, and strong social commentary .

Oddly enjoyable .

My dad fell asleep in the first 25 minutes and I was jealous.

This is usually a good sign; and that rule of thumb definitely applies to this film.. It is crazy, entertaining - full of WTF moments - and criticises many aspects of our modern society in a very clever way: behind all the silliness is a dystopian society.

Not the white voice white folk think they have, but the real white voice, nasal and bland (and voiced by David Cross).

This is a total waste of time, the movie makes no sense and the story is so off!

Well first 10 min was OK and then it was pretty much monotone throughout.

What a waste of time.

It's just where the story decides to go is where it got boring.

Transitions from scene-to-scene are unique, the characters are entertaining and all identifiable to what they serve for this film's story.

A Total Waste of My Money .

A complete waste of time.

Waste of time .

Very boring movie .

An unexpected hilarious surprise from all points of view and a masterpiece of this year.

I would give the film a higher score but there were a few occasions when I felt it was a little disjointed.

It is a thumbs down waste of talent, time, and money.

Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You is a strange, but entertaining film about a black telemarketer trying to navigate a world that slowly shifts around him.

The soundtrack was generally great and the film was overall very colorful and most of the time entertaining.

Don't waste your time .

If you love mindless leftist propaganda swill, this is your movie!

Instead, it left me and those accompanying me bored and wishing we hadn't ever gone to see it.

The movie later morphs into an odd but intriguing fantasy-satire that exposes the greed and manipulation of modern capitalism.

This is done really cleverly to lull you into the film's alternate world, slowly allowing you to get used to it, to the point you don't notice it and take it for granted.

Regardless of the value of the message or whether I agree with it, art forms such as fictional narrative movies seem a poor medium for articulate arguments, but an effective means for blunt propaganda.

Sorry, it was boring.

Definitely worth watching.

(In fairness, there were plenty of other reviewers who didn't like it, but said they're glad others enjoyed it.

Waste of time .

This film is intriguing, dripping with atmosphere and witty dialogue with a fun take on consumerism and the use of people as slaves for work.

With so much generic cinematic offerings in the marketplace and franchises churning out formulaic films for profit i truly value a movie that is experimental and different.

This is ridiculous, the worst movie I've started to watch in the last two decades.

This final act is so clunky, disjointed, and immature that what was intended as a gear-shift feels more like riding in an altogether different vehicle.

Worst movie ever .

It's basically a formulaic averagely written comedy film dressed up in the gimmick of being about "white/black" race issues that turned out to be utterly pointless with an overall wishy-washy message trying to be put across.

My Rating : 6/10Very engaging, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves absurd humour, experimental storylines and has anti-establishment leanings.

Surreal, Mad, Unexpected Political Satire .

The film's social consciousness and commentary intersect in ways that are thoughtful, snappy, and deeply rooted in (often unfortunately) a sense of genuine realism.

Despite being amusing and thematically engaging, this is one of the most bizarre, unhinged movies (and third acts) I've ever seen .

From the gorgeous cinematography, delicious soundtrack, compelling storytelling and courageous acting; to the eye opening realness and boldness of the issues this film tackles.

Boring waste of time .

Far from being preachy and dull, this really is an uplifting film.

Also, the ending makes everything that I just watched feel empty and pointless.

I became bored watching it.

5/10 - great cast and social commentary, but a little too artsy for my liking

Strange but thoughly enjoyable .

Waste of money!

In the end, other than being bored a bit in the second act, I don't regret watching this movie, even if in the end, I think is bad, probably because Im not into surreal movies that much.

A pointless adventure in the furtimhing of liberal Holywood's socialist agenda (while taking in millions themselves).

Very enjoyable and successful with the risks it takes.

Found it boring and very disappointing .

This movie is unique in many ways big very bland in others.

Because of everything that happens, this movie stays completely unpredictable from start to finish, something I am a big fan of.

Funny,trippy,oddly entertaining.

Boring and uninteresting.

Propelling himself into greed and forcing his life to spiral into a metaphor that reflects the social issues of our daily lives, Sorry to Bother You represents the horrible side of our society while also managing to be an entertaining and eye-opening piece of filmmaking.

There are many good ideas worth considering and it's relatively effective as a comedy, but the third act is far too incoherent for it to be a truly enjoyable experience.

Riley's film is effortlessly entertaining, intelligent, batshit crazy, wonderfully vibrant, drastically original, artistic, abstract, and just entirely pleasing across the board I.

This is nearly unwatchable it's just absurd; it conflates comedy with the broader social issues it's trying to take serious to resolve, and it nearly becomes unwatchable.

There is some tone confusion.


With Sorry to Bother You, Director Boots Riley has emerged onto the cinematic landscape like an unexpected houseguest busting down the party doors.

Telemarketing is mundane as a subject, and the satire is mined promptly.

I'm surprised to see it has the ratings that it has, for me it was mostly boring with the occasional (almost) laugh.

In any case, if you can go see it before someone spoils it for you, you are in for an intriguing evening.

Raunchy and boring .

Strange, but entertaining.


Snappy story and scenes.

Sorry to Bother You is a truly wacky and entertaining picture.

Boring replicas, boring characters, boring action.

Plus, at least it's unpredictable (for better and, strangely, for worse).

I'd rate this higher, though, if the art were actually good despite the propaganda.

Disjointed and confusing .

A sequence at a ravenous house party hosted by Lift recalls images of depraved self-indulgence in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

Don't waste your time

Riley must think that Sorry is a rebellious work of art with a unique voice that dares to shout above the crowd, but it's really just another confusing whimper into the echo chamber.

Its unique and fresh approach to its social commentary may be off-putting to some, but it is certainly worth watching thanks in part to the film's brisk pace and tongue-in-cheek humour.

The film is a jumble of many different and conflicting stylistic choices, and in trying so hard to be important and original, it only appears desperate and trite.

Edgar Wright is bland and obvious compared with this director and this movie.

Bad acting, Boring story, bad ending, dull characters, etcThis is total garbage and wasted my time

This movie is strange and extremely fast paced.

I'm a big fan of the absurd, and the second half of the movie took an unexpected turn that made the movie that much more unique.

In the world of politics, the term 'agitprop' is used in reference to the Soviet Union's Department of Agitation and Propaganda.

Plus its overly politically correct tone with its "white people suck" (aka the white people voice) schtick is becoming tiresome.

Fantasy comedy syfi and pure special kind of entertaining .

One of the most entertaining films of the decade.

Worst Movie of the Decade.!!!.

Pacing is slow in places, great ideas .

This film is truly enjoyable.

The last half, however, was a bit unwatchable.