Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 7 out of 15
  1. 75
    A film that begins in intrigue, develops in fascination and ends in a train wreck. It goes spectacularly wrong, and yet it contains such a gripping performance by Robin Wright Penn that it succeeds, in a way, despite itself.
  2. 75
    So long as Sorry, Haters stays ambiguous and sticks to long, winding conversations between Penn and Kechiche, the movie rolls along and builds momentum.
  3. 70
    A well-acted little thriller of the sort sometimes called a "twisty" -- I wouldn't call it a great movie, but it'll keep you guessing about its characters and it has an intriguing mean streak.
  4. An audacious, highly contemporary psychological thriller, Sorry,Haters is the kind of audience provoker certain to elicit at least as many haters as admirers.
  5. It's all about the performances. Kechiche is reserved and superbly troubled, but Wright Penn, her stardom-crippling reserves of bitterness and bile rising to the surface, is a scary monster in full bloom, and her habitation of this wacky role makes the movie worth its weight in pixels.
  6. The movie is cross-eyed with fuzzy thinking; it's also an interesting, if wacko, artistic response to world events.
  7. 50
    Stanzler's ideas about the psychic legacy of 9/11 are so confused -- that by the time he unveils the final plot twist, his film has lost every shred of credibility.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Penn looks bewildered in a role that simply doesn't track, but Kechiche rises to the occasion. Stanzler's helming, shot blandly in digital vid, amounts to point-and-shoot.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    38
    A preposterous screwball psychological drama.
  10. 30
    This rancidly exploitative movie is redeemed only by canny performances by both leads, as well as Sandra Oh in a supporting role as Phoebe’s friend.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    30
    Unfolds with such utter looniness that the horrible final moments are more likely to inspire laughter than shock. Casually insulting our emotions and intelligence, Mr. Stanzler seems to have shaped his film with one goal in mind: to prove that audacity and recklessness are acceptable substitutes for craft and common sense. Needless to say, they're not.
  12. "Sorry, viewers" is more like it.
  13. So misguided as to be genuinely mystifying, Jeff Stanzler's queasily blended political psychodrama isn't simply a lousy movie. It's also a lousy movie that boldly exploits the events of 9/11.
  14. 25
    Not even Sandra Oh, as Phoebe's boss, and Elodie Bouchez ("The Dreamlife of Angels"), as Ashade's sister-in-law, can keep Sorry, Haters from becoming a sorry mess.
  15. It's a well-meaning but ultimately feeble and misguided attempt to say something profound about the aftereffects of the 2001 attacks on New York.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    8
    This film starts out very slow and boring but it builds up to an ending that will probably leave you in utter shock and disbeif,so it is really worth hanging to the end of it.Robin Penn is truly great in this film as is her co-star.but robin's performance should have earn her an oscar,it was that good. Full Review »
  2. KenM.
    Sep 18, 2006
    8
    To think this movie tries to say something profound about 9/11 is to profoundly miss the point. To believe the ending is to have an understanding of the characters, which directly correlates to the performances. I thought the admirable performances gave the ending some plausability, if not credibility. Full Review »
  3. JudyK.
    Sep 3, 2006
    9
    Great, and surprising to the end! - just what thrillers are supposed to do. However, the forum discussion with Tim Robbins left me wondering why that group didn't ask the author what certain parts were about. [***SPOILERS***] (1) The dog had to die because she loved him - therefore he was a weakness for her endeavors. (2) The gift into Ashade's pocket was a gift (as she said) from her parents and she felt it was only right to give it to him. That gift, of course, was a bit of the explosives she received in the mail (apparently from her parents). (3) Problem: Remember what "yellow yoko" said at lunch? Phoebe was a Calvinist. But, Calvinists believe in Pre-Destination, so there is no reason to blow things up (and "cause" what has already been set in motion by God). It is there that the author tries to make Christian fanaticism look just as deadly as Islam fanaticism - but Calvinism isn't the proper avenue. It is more likely that a Calvinist would "not let a sorceress live" (as Scripture demands) rather than blow up the enemies of Israel (for Israel must have enemies to beat in the final war). No victory if no war, no war if no enemy - so that enemy plays an important part in prophecy. Nevertheless, I think the author/director portrayed the meanness and desperation quite well, including the seeds planted generations before - and the soldiers need to remove weakness once recognized. I was shocked at the turn of events, but after catching my breath came to appreciate its depth and truth. Full Review »