'Sleepwalking' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   60 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
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    If you had programmed a computer to come up with a movie that is nothing but a string of the deadliest indie-film situations and moods, you'd have Sleepwalking, a soporific dud, which should have been tossed out of Sundance.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Filmed mostly in winter, in browns, grays and soiled whites, Sleepwalking sustains a mood of unrelenting bleakness, wearing its aesthetic of desolation like a badge of integrity.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Portentous and dull, the film features one of the worst over-the-top performances by Dennis Hopper, who plays an abusive father. His role upends what could have been a mildly interesting family drama.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    An inert, sloppily written melodrama as grim and featureless as its frozen Midwestern setting.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie seems terrified of true psychological complexity or perversity. It's less a family tragedy than a lousy country dirge.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michelle Orange Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Theron and Woody Harrelson (as James's party pal Randall) provide vitality against the film's heavy load, but they aren't around long enough to keep it from collapsing under its own portentous weight.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    It's no easy task staying awake through Sleepwalking, a downbeat debut from Bill Maher (no, not that one). Only a typically intense performance from co-star Nick Stahl offers the jolt needed to keep us alert.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Charlize Theron only gets better as an actress, and she certainly wouldn't sign on to a low-budget indie such as Sleepwalking without believing in the material. The material, alas, does Theron no favors.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie seems unusually honest in portraying the no-option existence of the working poor, but the story slips into melodrama in the last reel.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    Relentlessly downbeat, with a glimmer of a payoff in the last couple of scenes, Sleepwalking is a film that has 'indie' written all over it -- for better and for worse.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Sleepwalking stands as a heartening reminder that the future of American cinema may rest with those independent filmmakers working far from the bottom-line executives heading the shattered remnants of the old Hollywood studios.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    When you see how hopeless the lives of the American people have become in endless independent films that drive the movie audience away in mobs, you understand why the big, dumb action comics and Will Ferrell alleged comedies make all the money.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Beware any movie that ends with a cliche as dire as 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life.' What comes before that in Sleepwalking is relentlessly depressing.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Saddled with a title all too true to its somnambulist pace, Sleepwalking is a textbook case of a bad movie partially redeemed by good acting.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Leo Goldsmith indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The transparently familiar issues -- abuse, unemployment, parental neglect, promiscuity -- are stapled onto characters who never seem credible.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Sleepwalking is a frustrating case because Stahl, Robb and Theron all give performances that are subtle, delicate and smart -- it's just that they're steamrollered by the movie's relentlessness.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    Sleepwalking provides character arcs for its two protagonists but neither is as interesting or memorable as the performances warrant.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Farber Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    This is a breakthrough performance [for AnnaSophia Robb] that should do wonders for her career.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Terrific performances and a bleak, riveting look at life on the economic fringes eventually gives way to an overly familiar tale of abuse, denial and catharsis that feels like warmed over Sam Shepard minus the poetry.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dave White Movies.com
    20
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed
    63
    William Maher's melodrama is much too grim and bleak for even the most cynical viewer to enjoy...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    Taking its cue from the tabloids, this is yet another addition to that tacky category of scandal sheet cinema. Why do celebrities with charmed Hollywood lives imagine everyday people as a bunch of sleazy or dimwitted degenerates, misfits and assassins.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    75
    If you enjoyed MONSTER'S BALL (it's not as good as that one however), you might find yourself pulled in by this moving drama.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
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