Sleepover Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Denver Post
September 4, 2004
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Kris Wilton
Village Voice
July 13, 2004
Nussbaum's attempt to capture the 'tween zeitgeist fails: The Spice Girls-infused soundtrack is dated, and the feel-good progressiveness forced.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 12, 2004
A terrible film.
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 9, 2004
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 9, 2004
| Original Score: D
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Sara Gebhardt
Washington Post
July 9, 2004
Not overwhelmingly original or funny.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 9, 2004
Just when the big screen could use an injection of frothy, giggly girl power -- all in the name of a covert feminist message, of course -- Sleepover squanders that promise with a blah story and even bigger bummer of a take-home message.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2004
Fairly standard tween-oriented fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
July 9, 2004
Pleasantly pixilated, if mildly alarming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2004
A good-hearted 'tween comedy hampered by uneven direction and a misguided plot twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 9, 2004
If the pre-adolescents in your life don't have anything better to do than watch this movie, maybe the time has come to teach them hopscotch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 9, 2004
There's little in the movie to like, either for tween girls or the unlucky parents who accompany them.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 9, 2004
If ever a movie could be charged with imperiling the morals of a minor, it's probably Sleepover.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 9, 2004
A lazy attempt to snare some preadolescent allowance money, Sleepover earns little more than a few bored yawns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 9, 2004
Never comes close to living up to its slight potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2004
The movie is uneven, but it has scored well during previews, and there's a reason: Sleepover fills a niche-audience void.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 9, 2004
The makers of Sleepover have read the 'tweeners film plot handbook and adhere to it closely.
| Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 9, 2004
A waste of a hard-earned allowance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 9, 2004
A lame and labored comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 9, 2004
The multiplexes haven't been jammed with this many repetitively single-minded portrayals of young people since the gangsta craze of the early 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 9, 2004
Sleepover is as corny as Kansas in the fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2004
A skillfully made teen comedy with such an endearing sensibility that it's fun even for those old enough to be the grandparents of its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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USA Today
July 8, 2004
A banal, relatively innocent comedy aimed at 'tween girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 8, 2004
How young do you have to be before you want to be older? With this wispy pubescent comedy, Hollywood has come up with a number: 14.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 8, 2004
Fills the bill for a breezy summer escape.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
July 8, 2004
Perky and playful, even if it isn't a side-splitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 8, 2004
Not much fun even for this fan of Alexa Vega from Spy Kids.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 8, 2004
First- time director Joe Nussbaum keeps it all buzzing along at such a clip that if one bit falls flat, the next one kicks the film back into gear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2004
Too silly for teens who are old enough to drive and too boy-centric for girls still in grade school, the comedy is predictable but cute.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
July 8, 2004
Screenwriter Elisa Bell attempts to modernize the proceedings by dropping in Valley-girl lingo that only comes off as archaic.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2004
Unlikely to win much of a following beyond its pubescent target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 8, 2004
Shamelessly predictable, morally questionable, Sleepover will quickly induce drowsiness in anyone over age 12.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2004
Sour patch of candy-coated crud.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 2, 2004
Essentially sleepwalks its way through a strictly by-the-numbers premise.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 29, 2004
Even by the notoriously flexible standards of bubblegum teen pics, Sleepover comes off as wildly unbelievable and often astonishingly silly.