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  • Summary: Sorry, Haters is a psychological thriller that dares to capture the anxiety of a city on edge. With powerful performance, this film has the courage to ask the most forbidden questions about who we are. (IFC Films)
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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    38
    A preposterous screwball psychological drama.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 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. Expand
  2. NelsonB.
    Aug 10, 2006
    9
    Intriguing and thought-provoking. It seems many reviewers have missed the forest for the trees on this one. It's not some grand statement about 911 nor is Robin Wright Penn's character driven by 911 angst. Wright Penn does a fantastic job portraying a character in complete mental implosion. It's a Taxi Driver for a post-911 age. Fantastic stuff. Collapse
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Aug 17, 2006
    6
    Sonic Youth's music is so brilliant, it made "High Tension"("Superstar" was featured in the trailer) look like a great film. Same thing here. The filmmaker's use of "Bull in the Heather" in concert with a Isabelle Hupert-like Robin Wright Penn definitely cooks up a stirring final scene. But it's all style. The set-up for this shocking act of violence is problematic. It's hard to believe that Ashade(Abdel Kechiche) would be so gullible in allowing Phoebe(Wright) to be his confidant after their initial falling out. "Sorry Haters", however, is worth seeing for a revelatory performance by Robin Wright Penn, who outright doesn't want to be the wind beneath anybody's wings. Especially, god forbid, an Asian's. Expand
  6. KenG.
    Mar 12, 2006
    3
    Not only a bad movie, but one that feels kind of cheap the way it bends over backwards to exploit 9/11, while really having nothing to do with 9/11. Maybe it could have got away with this, if it was better done, but this is neither well done, nor well thought out. It feels like filmmakers had a broad idea of what they wanted to do, but didn't give alot of thought on how to do it. Story just gets less believeable and more ridiculous as it goes along. Actually, what this feels most like is a 3rd-rate "Fatal attraction", without the sex. Expand

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