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Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

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58

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

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Sleepless in Seattle, the sophomore directorial effort from Nora Ephron, is a light romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 film An Affair to Remember. Tom Hanks stars as widower and single father Sam. When Sam's son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), calls into a talk radio program looking for a new mother, Sam ends up getting on the phone and laments about his lost love. Thousands of miles away, Annie (Meg Ryan) hears the program and immediately falls in love with Sam, despite the fact that she has never

PG,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch

Jun 26, 1997

TriStar Pictures

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Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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If one can ignore all the straining for lightness here, this is watchable enough, though hardly anything resembling a tearjerker.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Ephron and fellow writers Jeff Arch and David S. Ward have conspired to make Sleepless in Seattle as purposefully schmaltzy as one can imagine, in a manner that's almost cynical.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's easily the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around.

August 26, 2006
Rolling Stone
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The schmaltzy soundtrack is overdone, but cameraman Sven Nykvist wraps it all up in an appropriately warm glow.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle is a feather-light romantic comedy about two lovers who meet for the first time in the last reel. It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A movie to which director and co-writer Nora Ephron brought her terrific flair, wit and nous, although she propagates the terrifying fallacy that a widower makes a wonderful romantic catch.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A romantic treat.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

So overrated.

December 9, 2007 | Comments (2)
ColeSmithey.com

Like most of Ephron's work, this one is shallow and contrived, but it stars two of America's most likable stars, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sure it's contrived, but what a great romantic weeper.

March 31, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Seems too precalculated to be charming and magical, and consequently ends up being overly cute.

September 1, 2005
Fantastica Daily

[T]he epitome of the modern romantic comedy...

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Better than you might expect, but it

May 23, 2004 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Predictable, manipulative, and completely satisfying.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

One of the finest of all Hollywood romantic comedies.

October 24, 2003

Contrived

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Should gather a few more converts to the idea that certain people are destined for each other.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Sleepless in Seattle is done with the panache that Hollywood used to do romantic comedies, but seldom does anymore.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

Classic rom-com.
February 11, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most fantastic movies i've ever watched.It really hit me somewhere in my heart.We may fall in love all of a sudden.There is no reason for this.And neither do we need.Love is just like magic.Love has it all.
October 17, 2011
Chandler Xiong

Super Reviewer

What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

Good solid movie. The story although very rare was pretty good and the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in all 3 movies they have been on including this one has been great, almost perfect. If you're a romantic sucker you'll love this one.

After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his adolescent son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later, Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam, on Jonah's initiative, ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hears Sam's story and falls in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancÚ Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. Back in Seattle, Sam has received hundreds of letters from women wanting to meet him. Jonah is excited by one letter in particular from Baltimore and will do whatever he needs to to get his father and Annie together. However, old fashioned Sam wants his future love life to be based on meeting a woman the traditional way, and he, in turn, becomes infatuated with an unknown woman he spots a few times in Seattle. Will magic happen twice in Sam's life, and if so will it be with this unknown woman or Annie?
July 9, 2011
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Manu Gino

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    1. Sam Baldwin: I knew it the first time I saw her. It was like coming home, only to no home I'd ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was...magic.
    – Submitted by Amanda V (21 months ago)
    1. Annie Reed: You make a million decisions that mean nothing, & then one day, you order take-out, and it changes your life.
    – Submitted by Thilina M (2 years ago)
    1. Annie Reed: Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Annie Reed: I don't deserve you.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Annie Reed: Sam. It's nice to meet you.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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