The Perfect Sleep (2008)

The Perfect Sleep



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After a 10 year absence a man returns to his home town to protect the woman he loves from their mutual enemy who seeks to finally end a long standing war between their families.

Rating: R (for violence, some language and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Anton Pardoe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 16, 2009
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Sleep

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

There are shadows on top of shadows. It's the film noir universe, all right. What does the title refer to? Perhaps to what you will enjoy during the film.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Easy on the eyes but brutal on the ears, The Perfect Sleep fuses Shakespearean tragedy and noir iconography into a strange, lovely, leaden ball of confusion.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The disjointed story is no more comprehensible than The Big Sleep. Though Alter is no Howard Hawks and Pardoe and Sanchez are no Bogie and Bacall, this movie looks great. You won't nap through The Perfect Sleep.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Alter's film is a rare pleasure.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Style significantly trumps substance in The Perfect Sleep, a good-looking but convoluted homage to film noir, Russian literature and Shakespearean tragedy, among a few too many other things.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Alter's often inventive work is kneecapped by a deliriously nonsensical script, which misses the mark as both over-the-top parody and straight-faced homage, and could have been intended as either.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Sleep

Is this suppose to be funny? Lame.

Dead Angel

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A noisy and violent thriller, a plot that becomes absurd with too many characters and none of them with much depth. Tedious at times, methodical and empty. Unpleasant.

James Higgins

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