The film moves from mere dreamlessness to its own weird magic.
As a story, Too Much Sleep could inspire a little snooze of its own. But in images - in shots of Jack walking the suburban wasteland, of lawn sprinklers and discarded backyard toys -- it is nearly saved.
For all his baggy-pants vulgarity, Eddie gives Jack the energy he needs to find his own way. And Jack finding Jack is the nut of the tale.
A modest, non-pushy little movie, one that resists hitting you over the head to get laughs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Though far less polished (and pricey) than the average studio movie, an independent film such as Too Much Sleep easily makes up in pith and becoming modesty what it lacks in flash.
| Original Score: 2/4
A wickedly smart indie film.
Rich and droll, and yet slight -- a film of modest virtues, content to be small, achieving what it intends.
| Original Score: 3/4
A sleeper with promise.
Suburban familiarity and contempt notwithstanding, the movie's a gas.
| Original Score: 4/5
Amiable, occasionally funny, and never especially involving.
For a modest film, however, Too Much Sleep is a modest surprise.
Underwhelming in story line and a little too precious in its strategies, Sleep is art house in the extreme.
Like one of its hero's daydreams, the film evaporates on contact and leaves a serene glow.
| Original Score: B+
On the screen, Too Much Sleep is wonderfully and deceivingly unpretentious, with one good performance after another.
Too Much Sleep scores by keeping its tone light and its characters fresh and eccentrically innocent, even when they get a little vicious.
A likably offbeat, intelligent American indie.
An unusually clear, compassionate, and grownup satire.
Plays like a refreshing return to that point in the mid-1990s before independent film had been co-opted by corporate subsidiaries.
Just when I was dreading seeing another indie movie, along comes this delightful, low-budget comedy.
This cleverly drawn setting of very ordinary life as a backdrop for sinister doings is part of the fun.
So good it made me wish I had kept that workhorse phrase 'remarkably assured debut feature' just for it.
The material is slender, the characters not sufficiently engaging or eccentric for a feature-length movie.
Maquiling creates an unusual and intriguing tone somewhere between sharp, deadpan comedy and a soft, dreamy surrealism.