Light Sleeper (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Light Sleeper (1992)



Critic Consensus: Light Sleeper requires patience, but delivers commensurate rewards -- and boasts an absorbing performance from Willem Dafoe.

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Paul Schrader's exploration of drug dealing among urbane New Yorkers stars Willem Dafoe as John LaTour, a drug delivery man to the downtown club scene who must assess his future when his boss Ann (Susan Sarandon) decides to opt out of the business in favor of a straight life. He meets up with an old girlfriend (Dana Delany), a recovering addict, and they resume their affair.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Schrader
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 29, 1998
Live Home Video


Willem Dafoe
as John LeTour
Dana Delany
as Marianne
Sam Rockell
as Jealous
David Spade
as Theological Cokehead
Sam Rockwell
as Jealous
Ken Ladd
as Carlos
Vinny Capone
as Young Cuban
Paul Stocker
as Maitre D'
Vinnie Capone
as Young Cuban
Elena Vannucci
as 2nd Model
Jeff Telvi
as Male Model
Jennifer Fowler
as Woman at Bar
Gabrielle Stubbert
as Woman at Bar
James Saxenmeyer
as Bar Patron
Arcoiris Medina
as Woman at Laundromat
Carolyn L.A. Walker
as Police Woman
Timothy D. Stickney
as Young Dominican
Joe Gironda
as Funeral Home Employe...
Paul Stockman Smith
as Radio Announcer
Peter Macklin
as Baseball Card Fan
Billy Joe Novinski
as Baseball Card Fan
David Sukoff
as Baseball Card Fan
Damien Corrente
as Baseball Card Fan
Ronald Sylvers
as Prison Guard
Timothy Stickney
as Young Dominican
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Critic Reviews for Light Sleeper

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Dafoe completely inhabits the character, appearing in virtually every scene and developing a fascinating psychological profile.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Crowd pleasing? No. Challenging? You bet.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Light Sleeper

This movie is okay. I liked Sarandon the best in the cast, she's such a great actress. The story is alright, but nothing really new, it's sort of like a drug drama from the 70s, but it gets kind of dull at times.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


If you liked watching "Taxi Driver" then Paul Scharder's film "Light Sleeper" is for you. This is one of Schrader's best films and he knows these kinds of stories inside out. Willem Dafoe plays in the mature Travis Bickle role as John LaTour. Susan Surandon plays as the upscale cocaine barron and in ways her performance reminds me of Nina Van Pallandt from Schrader's earlier 80's picture "American Gigolo".

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Brian R

Super Reviewer

An in-depth character study, much like most of Paul Schrader's other work. The real talent here is Willem Dafoe, who carries most of the film with his detailed and thoughtful performance.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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