While You Were Sleeping (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

While You Were Sleeping (1995)



Critic Consensus: While You Were Sleeping is built wholly from familiar ingredients, but assembled with such skill -- and with such a charming performance from Sandra Bullock -- that it gives formula a good name.

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Movie Info

This latter-day romantic screwball comedy stars Sandra Bullock as a love-starved subway toll booth operator, Lucy. Lucy pines for regular customer Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher), but the self-absorbed attorney pays her no heed. One day, Peter is beaten by a gang of thugs and tossed onto the tracks. Lucy rescues him from death. While he is comatose in the hospital, a comment she makes at his bedside is misinterpreted, and she then allows his family members, who haven't seen Peter in awhile, to believe that she is his fiancée. Peter's parents, Ox (Peter Boyle) and Midge (Micole Mercurio), take a liking to Lucy. But Lucy takes a liking to Peter's brother Jack (Bill Pullman), though Jack is suspicious about her claim to be Peter's intended.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Fredric LeBow, Daniel G. Sullivan, Fred Lebow, Fred Lebow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 1998
Buena Vista Pictures


Sandra Bullock
as Lucy Moderatz
Bill Pullman
as Jack Callahan
Peter Gallagher
as Peter Callahan
Peter Boyle
as Ox Callahan
Jack Warden
as Saul Tuttle
Micole Mercurio
as Midge Callahan
Jason Bernard
as Jerry Wallace
Ally Walker
as Ashley Bacon
Dick Cusack
as Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q Morris
as Man in Peter's Room
James Krag
as Dalton Clarke
Dick Worthy
as Orderly
Joel Hatch
as Priest
Thomas Morris
as Man in Peter's Room
Mike Bacarella
as Mr. Fusco
Peter Siragusa
as Hot Dog Vendor
Gene Janson
as Man in Chuch
Krista Lally
as Phyllis
Kevin Gudahl
as Cop at ICU
Ann Whitney
as Blood Donor Nurse
Margaret Travolta
as Admitting Nurse
Shea Farrell
as Ashely's Husband
Susan Messing
as Celeste's Friend
Richard Pickren
as Lucy's Father
Megan Schaiper
as Young Lucy
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Critic Reviews for While You Were Sleeping

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (19)

[Bullock] knows one of the secrets of doing romantic comedy: treating the romance as a good joke.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Compared to While You Were Sleeping, even the half-baked scenario of the Marisa Tomei-Robert Downey Jr. romance Only You looks witty and inventive.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's Bullock's first shot at a role in which she plays second fiddle neither to males nor special effects. And she turns out to be every bit as delightful as anyone might have expected.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A cute premise with engaging leads but little else to keep you awake.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It plays like a movie dreamed up by people in a studio marketing department who'd decided to bare their souls.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Bullock just about knocks herself exhausted being winsome and lovable.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for While You Were Sleeping


The key to this movie was Bill Pullman and Sanda Bullock clicking on such a natural level. They made the movie feel right. I love this movie. Im a sappy guy so this is a winner for me. One of my favorite romantic comedies.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

It's cheesy, ridiculous and formulaic. Everything you want in a rom-com.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


An ok early Rom-Com starring Sandra Bullock. It's cheesy and predictable but it has a certain likability about it nevertheless.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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