'Sleeping Beauty' Critic Reviews

56%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
49%
Rotten Tomatoes:   85 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    Sleeping Beauty's frank subject matter and stark portrayal of a sexually blase college student is certainly interesting, but not nearly as much as expected.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    [An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    There is force and originality in Leigh's work. Sleeping Beauty is an impressive technical display, though no more than the sum of its parts.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be ... Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    Truth is, there's really nothing, shameful or otherwise, to see in this pretentious and empty fairy tale.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    To be at once earthy and ethereal is an uncommon gift. I noticed it, in Browning...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    It's not much fun watching an Australian director whose small goal in life is to ape French provocateur Catherine Breillat. There's not much thrill in watching Ms. Browning, who is so anesthetized she seems to be dreaming whether she's asleep or awake.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    The film's frustratingly elliptical style and lack of character insight give it a distinctly first-draft feel.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    Eros snores.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    9
    A film where nothing ever happens, and yet everything is mean-spirited.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    I found it gorgeous, opaque and disturbing in roughly equal portions, but it was a riveting experience all the way through.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dan Kois Slate (Top Critic)
    Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Rooney Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Soporific in every sense.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    40
    Juggling moments of pitch black humour and disturbingly tense scenes of abuse, Sleeping Beauty has a queasy, mismatched tone that underscores an uneven, elliptical movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    25
    Comically pretentious and unreasonably slow...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rhett Bartlett Dial M For Movies
    60
    Sleeping Beauty is an atmospheric gem which intrigues and delivers in almost every scene
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Gibson Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
    The film's stifled sexual politics seem both non-feminist and critical of a 21st-century pornographic world, where all of us are stuck in our cubicles of detached, narcissistic desire.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    50
    I could see it inspiring interesting discussions afterward, but there is the matter of having to sit through it first.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark R. Leeper Mark Leeper's Reviews
    60
    This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.
    Full Review » 2 years ago