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Sorry We Missed You

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United Kingdom, France, Belgium

2019

1h 40m

Director Ken Loach

Starring Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone, Katie Proctor

Genre Drama

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In modern-day Britain, Ricky and his family have been struggling to clear their debt since the financial crash of 2008. Desperate, they turn to gig work, but it quickly creates more problems than solutions in this drama that explores the vicious cycle of labor exploitation in the current gig economy.

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The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

For a good long while, anyway, it does offer the kind of involving quotidian texture that Loach excels at when he’s not simply steering the steamroller over his characters to make a point about society’s ills.
91

The Playlist by Bradley Warren

As typical as it may sound from the outside, tender and devastating in turn, “Sorry We Missed You” is essential viewing.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Sorry to Miss You doesn’t break new ground for the filmmaker, but it radiates a timeliness that suggests an old-fashioned Ken Loach lament matters more than ever.
80

CineVue by John Bleasdale

Laverty and Loach have created another hard-hitting, powerful film, spiked with humour and moments of rare but profound humanity.
60

Los Angeles Times by Justin Chang

As a stripped-down, minutely detailed portrait of the daily grind as back-breaking Sisyphean ordeal, “Sorry We Missed You” is engrossing and bluntly persuasive. I was less convinced by the family dynamics.
90

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

An angry skewering of today’s gig economy as well as a moving drama about a loving family on the verge of implosion which is easily is one of Loach’s very best films.
90

Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Another intimate and powerful drama about what’s going on in people’s everyday lives. ... Loach stages all of this with supreme confidence and flow.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It’s fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don’t hear on the news.
75

TheWrap by Steve Pond

It is not a subtle film, and its bluntness is occasionally potent but just as often wearying.

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