Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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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+
Clem Bastow
The Vine
June 24, 2011
And pretension brings on a boredom so deep that -- like Lucy's dreamless, deadened sleep -- it sucks the thinking right out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 8, 2011
Unlike with [Beckett's] Happy Days, or Un Chien Andalou, or the films of Michael Haneke before it, Sleeping Beauty has not left me pondering its puzzle passionately enough. The film is pretty, but ultimately impenetrable to a fault.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rory Meyer
Empire Magazine Australasia
July 12, 2011
Pretentious piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 19, 2011
Sleeping Beauty is a tiring, emotionless experience. I can best describe it as a film that is "all style and no substance".
Full Review | Original Score: C
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
May 16, 2011
One can't help but wish for the film Sleeping Beauty might have been had Campion held the reins.
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 2, 2011
Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
July 6, 2011
As it is, this is a museum piece, mounted on a wall behind glass, able to be seen but never felt, a cold film about heated things, fascinating but flawed.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
September 13, 2011
Though she's clearly studied Haneke and Breillat, Leigh isn't a natural filmmaker.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 29, 2011
Truth is, there's really nothing, shameful or otherwise, to see in this pretentious and empty fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 13, 2011
It's clear this emperor has no clothes, along with much of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 20, 2011
Although it strives to be a thought provoking exploration of the flesh and the soul, Sleeping Beauty is to cold and detached to make us care either way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 11, 2011
A film where nothing ever happens, and yet everything is mean-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 19, 2011
I salute the unique vision, but I feel cheated that I felt so little emotion in a film that has such vast emotional potential
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 24, 2011
Certainly not the unwatchable dreck some have made it out to be, unspooling more as a foggy, puzzling meditation about erotic fixation and sexual objectification that tests the limits on just how long a director can keep a camera locked on to one scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
June 22, 2011
Certainly intriguing, but it doesn't make for easy viewing and its misanthropy is deeply unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
June 22, 2011
A hideous arthouse snoozer, Sleeping Beauty strikes the rare double of being as pretentious as it is puerile.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
June 24, 2011
I have nothing against such cliches and the critique of patriarchy they invoke, but you need to breathe new life into them.
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