Sleepers Reviews

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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August 14, 2009

It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings.

David Stratton
Variety
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June 24, 2008

If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.

Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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June 18, 2002

At times the images are agonizing to behold, men in their most desperate, hateful depths preying on children. The film, exceptional on many counts, ultimately is sad in a hopeless, haunting way.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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May 12, 2001

Idealized? You bet. That's why the loss of this world must be avenged with the same broad strokes that you'd expect from the Count of Monte Cristo.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001

In craft terms alone, Sleepers is considerably better than average filmmaking, but it's difficult to take this film as seriously as it takes itself.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 1, 2000

As entertainment, the movie functions successfully. But I don't believe the story is true -- not true to the facts, and not true to the morality it pretends to be about.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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January 1, 2000

Despite protests from the Catholic Church (which whines about any movie that portrays priests as anything less-than-pure), Sleepers, which represents two and one-half hours of gripping entertainment, is well worth the price of admission.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

USA Today
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince.

| Original Score: 3/4

Entertainment Weekly
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October 18, 1996

Full Review | Original Score: C