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Sleeping Beauty (2011)



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Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions of her various menial jobs that fund her studies. One day she answers an ad in the student newspaper and interviews for a job to be a lingerie waitress. But she is secretly being initiated into a world of strange new work; one where she will have to give into absolute submission to her clients by being sedated; becoming a Sleeping Beauty. Eventually this unnerving experience begins to bleed into her daily life and she finally develops the will to break the spell by discovering what happens to her while she sleeps. -- (C) Sundance Selectsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julia Leigh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2012
Box Office: $33.9k
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Critic Reviews for Sleeping Beauty

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (23)

[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...

Full Review… | January 12, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Top Critic

Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Eros snores.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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… | December 4, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sleeping Beauty

An empty, pretentious film that fails by not providing any depth into its character, thus leaving her actions and motivations as a complete mystery from beginning to end and making this a cold and detached experience even as a result of the large amount of loose shots.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


This film accomplishes nothing other than unnecessarily disturbing the viewer. If there were any larger messages the film carries, they are lost in its slow--albeit beautifully filmed--sequences that feature cold, wooden acting. The film lost me halfway despite a somewhat compelling plot, and then, not only did it bore, but became a rather disgusting, vile, and ultimately irritating movie. It deserves praise for its cinematography and film editing, which both evoke Sofia Coppola, however it is largely a pointless, raunchy bore. Style can only get you so far.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

I fell asleep halfway through the first time I saw it.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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