REVIEW ROUNDUP: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN, SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Two new films arrive at the Irish Film Institute on the 7th of December 2018: The Old Man and the Gun is an elegiac drama featuring Robert Redford’s final screen performance and Sorry to Bother you is an anarchic comedy from activist and musician Boots Riley.

Read on for a selection of reviews, or pop in to make up your own mind!

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN
“it could hardly offer a more satisfactory swansong to an admired star”
4/5 – Irish Times

“The Old Man & The Gun is a lovely, gentle way to say goodbye to 2018, and a screen legend”
4/5 – RTE

“[Redford] deserves another nomination at the very least for this winningly evocative collaboration with writer/director David Lowery.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“Robert Redford robs banks and steals your heart. And whether David Lowery’s exuberant gift of a film reps his final bow or not, Redford gives a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him.”
4.5/5 – Rolling Stone

“Loose-limbed, rascally and Texan to its bones, The Old Man & the Gun is a throwback to an era when making beautifully understated crime comedies was the peak of Hollywood’s ambition (before all the spandex took over).”
4/5 – Time Out

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU
“Busy, boundless and brilliantly bonkers, this is the madcap Marxist adventure comedy you need to see right now.”
5/5 – Irish Times

“This is seditionary cinema that’ll put a smile on your face.”
4/5 – RTE

“It’s a funny, persistently startling and cheerfully offensive futureworld fantasy”
4/5 – Guardian

“[Boots] Riley’s wacky odyssey fires a zillion different wacky ideas at once, and more often than not, hits its targets.”
indieWire

“Rapper Boots Riley scores a knockout directing debut with this no-mercy satire, starring a breakout Lakeith Stanfield, that gets all up in your face about race and the media”
4/5 – Rolling Stone


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