Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

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Hot off her success in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts starred in this thriller about a battered wife stalked by her abusive husband. Roberts plays Laura Burney, the wife of a rich investment counselor, Martin (Patrick Bergin). Martin appreciates his wife as a trophy, but at home he abuses her for not keeping the house as clean as he would like it. The verbal abuse descends into physical violence --so much so that Laura decides to disappear rather than live a life under Martin as a brutalized slave. … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Joel Rubin, Ronald Bass, Lloyd Fonvielle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2003
Runtime:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast


as Sara Waters/Laura Bu...

as Martin Burney

as Ben Woodward

as Fleishman

as Dr. Rissner

as Woman on Bus

as Mrs. Nepper

as Straw-Haired Boy

as Sharon the Nurse

as Theater Student

as Sharon the Nurse

as Mrs. Nepper
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Critic Reviews for Sleeping with the Enemy

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

It's the sort of movie where all of the characters and plot moves (if one wants to call them that) are tailored to the thriller mechanics and have no existence apart from their crude functionality.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Roberts is terrific in a layered part. Anderson brings an edge to the nice-guy-next-door role, and the dark, dashing Bergin is chillingly twisted.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Variety
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Tacky.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A relentlessly formulaic look at the downside of sexual obsession.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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No one in this movie can be accused of doing his best.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Sleeping with the Enemy

One of the first thrillers I saw at the cinema. Julia is brilliant. She stages her own death to get away from her abusive husband but he realises and comes looking for her.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Really really scary. It's sad how things like this actually happen and the plot was really carefully thought about and written well. Julia Roberts was astounding and I had nothing but empathy for her character. Found myself screaming at the T.V and rooting for her. It's a definite must see!

murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I like a cheesy late 80's/early 90's thriller and for the first 5 minutes I was loving the cliche ridden imagery with a huge pinch of salt. Then I got tired, bored and frustrated. It's pretty awful actually, sitting through an hour and 40 minutes of it becomes quite painful, as plot hole after continuity error after cliche started to grate somewhat. It's dated really badly, the subject matter has been badly handled and for a supposed 'Intelligent Thriller' it is neither Intelligent or particularly thrilling.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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