• 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

Mark Holcomb
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie seems unusually honest in portraying the no-option existence of the working poor, but the story slips into melodrama in the last reel.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 8, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's a film of mood -- and the mood is perfectly captured.

March 24, 2008
James Berardinelli
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Sleepwalking provides character arcs for its two protagonists but neither is as interesting or memorable as the performances warrant.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 21, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Portentous and dull, the film features one of the worst over-the-top performances by Dennis Hopper, who plays an abusive father. His role upends what could have been a mildly interesting family drama.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

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
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
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
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Well-intentioned to a fault, Sleepwalking blurs the line between dramatizing free-floating misery and spreading it.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

March 13, 2008
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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An inert, sloppily written melodrama as grim and featureless as its frozen Midwestern setting.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 13, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Relentlessly downbeat, with a glimmer of a payoff in the last couple of scenes, Sleepwalking is a film that has 'indie' written all over it -- for better and for worse.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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If you had programmed a computer to come up with a movie that is nothing but a string of the deadliest indie-film situations and moods, you'd have Sleepwalking, a soporific dud, which should have been tossed out of Sundance.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

March 12, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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When you see how hopeless the lives of the American people have become in endless independent films that drive the movie audience away in mobs, you understand why the big, dumb action comics and Will Ferrell alleged comedies make all the money.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 12, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Sleepwalking stands as a heartening reminder that the future of American cinema may rest with those independent filmmakers working far from the bottom-line executives heading the shattered remnants of the old Hollywood studios.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 12, 2008
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Theron and Woody Harrelson (as James's party pal Randall) provide vitality against the film's heavy load, but they aren't around long enough to keep it from collapsing under its own portentous weight.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 11, 2008
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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This is a breakthrough performance [for AnnaSophia Robb] that should do wonders for her career.

January 22, 2008
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