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Sleepwalk With Me (2012)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 17

Laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly messy, Sleepwalk with Me overcomes its tonal inconsistencies to deliver a sweetly melancholic, amiably reassuring indie crowd-pleaser.


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 4

Laugh-out-loud funny and endearingly messy, Sleepwalk with Me overcomes its tonal inconsistencies to deliver a sweetly melancholic, amiably reassuring indie crowd-pleaser.



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"I'm going to tell you a story, and it's true....I always have to tell people that." So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut. Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of


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Dec 18, 2012


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All Critics (108) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (91) | Rotten (17)

This self-deprecating comedy would make both Larry David and Louis C.K. proud,

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source:
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From start to finish, his character, called Matt Pandamiglio, is all by his lonesome -- reaching out of the fog. He's a funny fog person.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The film acts as both a diary of a sidewinding comic stylist finding his style, almost by accident, and a reminder to all post-collegiate boyfriends and girlfriends that "OK" probably isn't good enough for either party.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is a movie for anyone who's ever been unsure, and surely that's everyone.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Notwithstanding its storytelling stumbles, "Sleepwalk With Me" points in a positive direction for this likable comedian's career.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A smart, neurotic slice-of-life comedy about a stand-up comic with confidence issues, commitment issues, and career issues.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Rarely these days do you come across a comedy so wholly warm-hearted.

August 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Birbiglia humbly finds gold in his unassuming story.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

However, there's something ultimately unsatisfying about the experience of listening to stand-up comedian Mike Birbiglia tell the true story of his inability to marry his longtime girlfriend (played by the far-too-hot-to-be-with-him Lauren Ambrose).

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The mix of broad laughs and excruciating truths makes for a highly watchable and intuitive experience.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

A riotous breakthrough for Mike Birbiglia, whose humanist comedy says a lot about modern relationships that many of us won't be prepared to admit.

May 1, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Walking a fine line between darkly compassionate comedy, biting reality, striking low-budget fantasy and harsh psychological honesty, this modest but most disarming offering from funnyman Birbiglia is one of those pics that unexpectedly grows on you.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Though the sleep-walking episodes are funny, it's the way Mike Birbiglia captures the pains of performing comedy to tiny rooms that really fly.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

As entertaining as the movie can be, it's the smaller, more poignant material in between the big laughs that makes the final product so charming.

April 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Moviedex

It takes a while to find its feet but Sleepwalk With Me develops into an interesting film about an interesting person.

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

...just like the most memorable stand-up routines, there's a twinge of tragedy and pathos in the mix that make the laughs linger and the story stick.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Really, this film lives or dies on the charm of its protagonist. Luckily, Birbiglia is very charming indeed.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

I guess there are only so many times you can tell a story - even a great story - before even you are tired of hearing it.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

Sleepwalk With Me is implausibly appealing. The idea of someone not liking this picture is implausible. It would be without plause.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

The idea of the man-boy who can't commit is rather '90s, and neither the film's narrative nor style brings it forward two decades, to where it should be.

March 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Moments of comedy and drama are preserved, but even at 81 minutes the film seems a tad long

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Based on an off-Broadway play and novel, the humour is cumulative, emanating from the characters and situations and resulting in a bubbling feel-good snapshot of life from the view point of an aspiring comic with an oddball slant on things

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Sleepwalk With Me is a disposably sweet 'Annie Hall' rehash that achieves its minor ambitions with unremarkable efficiency.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen-Space

A film that expertly paddles through the complicated subconscious and repressed feelings of a faltering comedian

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

So do hang on and tough it out through the early awkwardness: once the truth starts hitting the fan/'s a production that no one will sleep through.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: JWR

Audience Reviews for Sleepwalk With Me

'Sleepwalk With Me'. Unexpectedly hilarious, sweet and honest. Some real moments of laugh-out-loud humour that's normally hard for me to come by.
July 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

I am a big Mike Birbiglia fan, so I may be a bit biased here..but...I thought that this movie was VERY charming.
January 12, 2013

Super Reviewer

This adorable, quarky film is very fitting for Birbiglia. Fans know of him as a successful comedian, but we have to watch his younger self struggle to find the standup routine we already have in our heads. Meanwhile, the current, successful self weaves his way through the movie, narrating this tale of yore with pieces of his stand-up in an abrupt, almost rushed way that ends up creating a jarring, uncanny valley-like effect where lines that are hilarious in their original form are suddenly not. However, the visual reenactments of the sleepwalk episodes described in his routine were absurd and funny, and the cameos (even some Mitch Hedberg material) were a nice, warming touch.
January 4, 2013
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

The success of movie like this, which certainly won't wow you with exciting or suspenseful moments, hinges on the likability of the main character, and Mike Birbiglia is a pretty likable guy in that sad-sack, Louie kind of way. I don't think he's particularly funny, at least not from this movie (I am unfamiliar with his standup), but his movie is sweet and smile-inducing, though I certainly never laughed out loud. There's a certain mood you have to be in to really enjoy Sleepwalk With Me, and if you're in that mood (the "quirky indie" mood), it might really hit the spot. But don't be surprised if you find it too slow and unfulfilling.
December 19, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

    1. Matt: We almost spent the entire rest of our lives together because we didn't want to make the other person mad.
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