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Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.

Full Review Source: Onya Magazine | Original Score: B+

October 17, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Rhett Bartlett
Dial M For Movies

Sleeping Beauty is an atmospheric gem which intrigues and delivers in almost every scene

Full Review Source: Dial M For Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
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 Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

February 9, 2012
Mark R. Leeper
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This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

January 1, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 9, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2011
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Leigh strikes an observational, artful tone that builds to an emotional climax as fittingly yet frustratingly enigmatic as anything that's come before.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

December 7, 2011
Dan Kois
Slate

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 Source: Slate

December 2, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

Exploring enduring appeal to men,. . .the banality of human nature. . .may be a letdown, especially about elderly males, but is disturbingly universal as a modern fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

December 2, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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The result can feel untouchable and impenetrable, but it also serves to make its visceral moments that much more affecting. This Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale; it's stark, dispassionate and noticeably short on happily ever afters.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 7/10

December 2, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2011
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline

The picture is clinical in its approach and its technique, yet it leaves so many questions unanswered - it's straightforward in a vague, maddening way. It's also strangely, obliquely compelling.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7.5/10

December 1, 2011
Julian Roman
MovieWeb

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 Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2011
Noel Murray
AV Club

There's an allegorical quality to what Leigh's up to here.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

December 1, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The very beautiful and brave young actor Emily Browning slugs us with another sucker punch in the disturbing debut feature from Australian novelist Julia Leigh.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

November 29, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A bit too clinical to be for all tastes, but it's kind of brilliant for what it is, and even riveting in a very unique, anti-thriller sort of way.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

November 29, 2011
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine

Julia Leigh's take on the fairy tale is a study in detachment and unspoken dissatisfaction, traits that imbue the proceedings with a barely-contained sexual energy lurking beneath a thin veneer of calm.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 28, 2011
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