The Perfect Sleep Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 28, 2010
might not strictly be novel, or original, or even entertaining - but it cuts to something quintessential about cinema, as if to say: with visuals like these, what does it matter?
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
March 25, 2009
Alter's film is a rare pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
March 13, 2009
An undeniably odd mixture of 80% noir, 15% action, and 5% random homage. I dug it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
March 11, 2009
The well-chosen supporting cast also deliver with especially sharp turns from Sanchez, Bauchau and Amendola who act this script as if it were Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 29, 2009
Well-directed with exquisite visuals, but suffers from an often dull, convoluted and confusing plot as well as too much style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 27, 2009
Nothing makes much sense in this ridiculously high minded narrative, but the emptiness is brimming with intensity and attitude, along with some inspired night vision footage and dialogue delivered as over the top self-serious soundbites.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 27, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Stewart
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2009
The Perfect Sleep is an empty homage to a bygone genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
March 13, 2009
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.
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Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly
March 12, 2009
An ungainly fusion of dutiful homage and snarky send-up.
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