Jeffrey Overstreet’s review published on Letterboxd:
No apology necessary.
My full review will be up at LookingCloser.org soon. It's a tough one to write about concisely — there's just so much going on.
Director Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You is the kind of "Afflict the Comfortable, Comfort the Afflicted" movie that I'm expecting to see frequently in the coming decade. Bring 'em on — we need them.
I would so much rather see a movie that aims for too much and falls short than a movie that lacks ambition. This movie's heart is in the right place. It demonstrates boundless imagination. Its many narrative tangents, genre-bending surprises, and stylistic complexities don't quite cohere. But it might, nevertheless, end up contributing to the slow enlightenment of America's moviegoing public when it comes to the ways in which racism and exploitation have been deviously written into the basic code of America's operating system.
Personal experience: 3.7/5