Boots Riley might have made his directorial debut with this summer’s wildest (and most radical) film, Sorry to Bother You. […] [ The film], a political satire tackling capitalism, racial politics, and the ins and outs of love, is part fantasy, part revolutionary manifesto, and part hallucinatory fever dream.
Cady Lang, Time
Nearly as deranged as it is politically engaged, Boots Riley’s sui generis Sorry to Bother You is the kind of debut feature that knocks your socks off, tickles your bare tootsies with goose feathers for a while, then goes all Kathy Bates in the final stretch, ultimately taking a sledgehammer to your kneecaps.
The Oakland-based rapper isn’t waiting for permission to speak his piece, pioneering a new form of wildly inventive, highly confrontational satire that dares to question the system, pitting an immensely likable black actor (Lakeith Stanfield) against the fat-cat capitalists (represented here by a coked-out, sarong-wearing Armie Hammer) responsible for inventing a new 21st-century form of slavery.
Riley has a lot to say, and the benefit of stashing it within such an over-the-top Trojan horse […] is that a good chunk of his message is bound to be heard. Judging by the undeniable, irrepressible talent on display here, this unapologetic satire certainly won’t be the last we hear from him.
Peter Debruge, Variety