• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bill Maher
    In Theaters:
    Jan 22, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 8, 2008
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Sleepwalking Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The cast is uniformly excellent, starting with 14-year-old Robb -- she makes a strong transition from child roles with her portrayal of the mercurial Tara.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 14, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Saddled with a title all too true to its somnambulist pace, Sleepwalking is a textbook case of a bad movie partially redeemed by good acting.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sleepwalking is a slow-moving family drama guaranteed to induce a nap if not somnambulism.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The people never come alive, and the unremitting nastiness of the material is like being beaten with soggy towels for 90 minutes. Maybe another director and other leads might have helped.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Beware any movie that ends with a cliché as dire as 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life.' What comes before that in Sleepwalking is relentlessly depressing.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's no easy task staying awake through Sleepwalking, a downbeat debut from Bill Maher (no, not that one). Only a typically intense performance from co-star Nick Stahl offers the jolt needed to keep us alert.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Terrific performances and a bleak, riveting look at life on the economic fringes eventually gives way to an overly familiar tale of abuse, denial and catharsis that feels like warmed over Sam Shepard minus the poetry.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 14, 2008
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

It's more disjointed than stirring, more listless than wounding and mostly a misfire -- despite some memorable performances and the fittingly desolate backdrop of Saskatchewan.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The transparently familiar issues -- abuse, unemployment, parental neglect, promiscuity -- are stapled onto characters who never seem credible.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Despite its deficiencies, and the inadequate screen time allotted to Theron (who's quite good), Sleepwalking has a core of feeling. It's about a do-gooder who, lacking all skills for it, does good anyway. His emotional odyssey has real poignancy.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

March 14, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie seems terrified of true psychological complexity or perversity. It's less a family tragedy than a lousy country dirge.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 14, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
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Sleepwalking is a frustrating case because Stahl, Robb and Theron all give performances that are subtle, delicate and smart -- it's just that they're steamrollered by the movie's relentlessness.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 14, 2008
Jordan Hiller

The cast performs gamely in this grim and gray affair, but with Stanford's words and dead end story, the actors never really stood a chance.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 1/4

March 14, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Charlize Theron only gets better as an actress, and she certainly wouldn't sign on to a low-budget indie such as Sleepwalking without believing in the material. The material, alas, does Theron no favors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 14, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Filmed mostly in winter, in browns, grays and soiled whites, Sleepwalking sustains a mood of unrelenting bleakness, wearing its aesthetic of desolation like a badge of integrity.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2008
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

It's a story, which is more than Snow Angels had. It's still miserable lowlifes who can't hold menial jobs languishing in feeling bad.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

March 14, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[V]isually impressive but naratively underpowered...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 14, 2008
Adam Fendelman

The direction is hackneyed with all-ponderous close-ups to guess the character's 'deep,' inner thoughts. It was unquestionably 'sleepwalking,' which is a perfect description of any audience member who chooses to walk out on this one.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: .5/5

March 13, 2008
Christian Toto
Washington Times

Fine performances - including a nasty turn by Dennis Hopper - rouse Sleepwalking from its slumber.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 13, 2008
Willie Waffle

This entire movie is a country music song, and not one of the classics by Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson. I was waiting for them to get a pet dog, but be forced to give him the Old Yeller treatment!

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 0/4

March 13, 2008
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