Sleeping Beauty - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
June 29, 2014
It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Even if the film's final chapter seems far too on point, if not glib, the filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
It's so sterile and clinical and emotionless that making a film about the emotionlessness of sex has become more of a cliche than just good ole Cinemax softcore porn.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
She spends much of the movie baring her fascinatingly underdeveloped body; her vagina is her temple. There's no graphic sex, but its intimations are anything but sexy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 30, 2013
Wallows in the mud as a sicko exploitation pic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 21, 2012
Comically pretentious and unreasonably slow...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 9, 2012
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 12, 2012
[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 12, 2012
I could see it inspiring interesting discussions afterward, but there is the matter of having to sit through it first.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
January 1, 2012
This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Stan Hall
Oregonian
December 22, 2011
Though it seems appropriate to make "Sleeping Beauty" as empty, enervating and dull as its main character, it only serves to underscore the lack of entertainment or insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 9, 2011
A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
December 9, 2011
The film deals with the topic of sexual taboos in a transgressive manner that bends your brain. The whole enterprise may even be fraudulent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2011
Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 9, 2011
Eros snores.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
December 7, 2011
Leigh strikes an observational, artful tone that builds to an emotional climax as fittingly yet frustratingly enigmatic as anything that's come before.
David Noh
Film Journal International
December 5, 2011
Brrrr. This study of a young girl's descent into a most rarefied form of whoring is as coldly clinical as it is annoyingly pretentious.
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