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Sleep Tight (2012)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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User Ratings: 4,195

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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


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Alberto Marini

Jan 8, 2013

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

Unsettling tale of obsession benefits from black-comic undercurrents.

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

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: 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
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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
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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
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An instant must see for fans of the horror and thriller genres.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: 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:

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:

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

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:

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

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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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

Super Reviewer

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

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

Super Reviewer

From beginning to end with nearly no let-up, "Sleep Tight" is squirm-inducing. The entire cast is terrific in their roles however, Luis Tosar plays his repulsive, disgusting, character to perfection. I seriously wanted to take a shower after spending an hour and a half following him around. Some minor issues include the "ridiculous" police-work and the attempt to provoke us to care for the main character. While there are some scenes that produce tension with our protagonist; I absolutely was "not" rooting for him to escape detection. This character as well as being very creepy, is literally one of the biggest assholes ever; the ending, while somewhat predictable, was the icing on the cake.
June 11, 2014
Matthew Rodrigues

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