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Sleep Tight (2012)

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71

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (Luis Tosar) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara (Marta Clara), one of his building's cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Embarking on a series of private and physical violations against Clara, Cesar becomes determined to ruin her life by any means. (c) Official Site

Unrated,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Alberto Marini

Jan 8, 2013

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

Unsettling tale of obsession benefits from black-comic undercurrents.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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"Sleep Tight" makes a sounder case for nocturnal Webcams than the "Paranormal Activity" franchise ever could.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A nifty little thriller that dances on the boundary between plausible and preposterous.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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Mr. Balagueró is so overtaken by his villain that he becomes like César, displaying an eagerness to play the role of tormentor, which kills both the movie's pleasure and its flickering political subtext.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Here is a unique fright flick that sets out to terrify and does it to capacity, eschewing fangs and claws to find chills and thrills in the unquenchable evil of human madness.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Nothing if not a well-executed bit of escalating craziness.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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An instant must see for fans of the horror and thriller genres.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

It's a stalker movie. But some ingenious variations, shrewd direction, and a killer lead performance render it fresh and absolutely entertaining.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

An unrelievedly nightmarish film.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Even though the central character is somewhat undefined, this film is a thorough creep-out, playing on our vulnerabilities while making the villain the most sympathetic person on-screen.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Wildly malevolent, but shrewdly executed and creepily watchable.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's eminently watchable, more than a little chilling and a league and a half better than most of its kind.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a thoroughly gripping and deeply disturbing Spanish chiller with a terrific central performance from Luis Tosar. It's also, for my money, one of the best films of the year.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Luis Tosar's performance is central to the success of Sleep Tight, a taut psychological thriller set in an upmarket apartment block.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

A creepy, neo-Hitchcock stalker drama, infused with uneasy twists and a slow-burning intensity. Check it out. Then check under your bed...

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

While Sleep Tight is more a dark thriller than a straight horror it inhabits some pretty creepy, twisted territory ...

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Clever suspense cinema with a gleam in its eye and ice in its heart from an emergent Spanish A-lister. Hitchcock himself would be proud, and maybe shocked.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sleep Tight threatens to be a real snooze until the film's electric second half jolts us awake.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

"Sleep Tight" is well-directed by Spain's Jaume Balaguero, the guy who gave horror fans "[REC]" and "[REC] 2." It's definitely worth a rental.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Lacks transparent thrills, but its dedication to psychological disease and escalating panic results in a tremendously satisfying feature, low-key but splendidly sinister.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

This is a crime story with little to no interest in the who or the why, but only the what and the how. It's a reverse-procedural, tracking not the solution of a crime, but all of its awful particulars.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Quite well-made and well-acted... a rock-solid uncomfortable thriller.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Sleep Tight

Having majority liked the movie, the director's efforts seems to have gone in vain. He failed in torturing most of the audience & making them unhappy. I'd have been one of the victims had he paced it too slow, but given the case, I found it passable.
August 11, 2013
imrealgod

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Excellent thriller. Very tense and a great story. The performance of the main character is nothing short of brilliant.
May 27, 2013
stuartb1234

Super Reviewer

Any of you read my review on The Tenant? This movie delivered what that movie didn't. I like it when a movie doesn't show you everything and surprises you.
October 28, 2012
Saxia

Super Reviewer

Cesar (Tosar) lives an unfulfilled life, telling us in the movie's opening of his inability to find happiness. He works as the concierge of a high class Barcelona apartment building where, outwardly at least, he enjoys good relations with the tenants, who find him helpful and charming. Unbeknownst to them, with the exception of a young girl whose silence he buys, Cesar is obsessed with a female tenant, Clara (Etura). Each night he uses his keys to sneak into Clara's apartment, hiding under her bed until she falls asleep, at which point he chloroforms her, spending the night with in bed with her lifeless body. When Clara begins to bring home her boyfriend Marcos (San Juan), things become a lot more complicated for Cesar.
Spanish director Balaguero burst onto the international scene as one half of the directing team behind 'Rec', one of the few genuinely impressive entries in the much derided found footage cycle. He and his directing partner, Paco Plaza, went on to give us the equally impressive sequel, 'Rec 2' but the duo decided to go their seperate ways, with Plaza taking the reigns for 'Rec 3: Genesis'. With that movie being an absolute disaster, many of us pondered whether Balaguero was the one with all the talent, a Simon to Plaza's Garfunkel. On the evidence of 'Sleep Tight', Balaguero's first movie post-split, it seems we were correct to assume so.
Along with screenwriter Alberto Marini, Balaguero gives us a deliciously dark thriller in the vein of classic Hitchcock. As with 'Rec', the action takes place in an apartment building whose tenants resemble the characters from 'Rear Window', while the concierge is a direct descendant of Norman Bates. Like Hitch, Balaguero has the ability to make us pull for a character who we should find completely despicable. The movie's strongest set-piece occurs when Clara brings home her new lover, unaware Cesar is waiting under the bed. The couple's lovemaking shakes the bed, releasing a vial of chloroform onto Cesar. Watching him try to squirm his way out of this precarious situation is the most suspenseful sequence I've enjoyed in quite a while. The film ends rather weakly but there's enough tension throughout to satisfy the most demanding of suspense fans.
March 10, 2013
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