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Sleepers Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 27, 2015
It plays out as a stylish and lurid amoral vigilante thriller, one that never earns the viewer's confidence that this is the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 13, 2013
Views the gray tones of good and evil and what lengths people are willing to go through to re-claim the dignity they lost as children.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 16, 2011
...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 2, 2011
Despite it all, just try to take your eyes off this movie: skillfully crafted by Levinson, Sleepers is eminently watchable, deeply emotional, and populated with top acting talent. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 23, 2009
Boasting a glorious multi-generational cast (De Niro, Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), Levinson's tale of sexual abuse and revenge is just decent, lacking dramatic energy and relying too much on voice-over narration and conventional courtroom procedures
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 14, 2009
It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings.

Film4
August 14, 2009
Disturbing, but compelling and provocative.
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008
One thing you will not being doing after seeing this dark, yet beautifully written film, is sleeping.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
David Stratton
Variety
June 24, 2008
If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 20, 2006
Disturbing and powerful
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Brad Pitt and Jason Patric are, sorry to say, far overshadowed by their more mature colleagues. Neither has any real presence, in my mind, especially Pitt, whose star power is far greater than his acting ability.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
October 21, 2004
It's sort of like 'Mystic River' done correctly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
One doesn't need to agree with the premise to appreciate Levinson's movie, which is rich in atmosphere and colorful in character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 25, 2003
It has really impressive and diverse cast and the story itself -- fictional or not -- can attract the viewer's attention. But Levinson wastes all that opportunity with some unfortunate directing choices.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A skillfully packaged product that is bound to satisfy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
It is well acted, cleverly directed, photographed and edited, but leaves one feeling hollow and feeling after seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Drama needs conflict, and Sleepers, at the critical juncture, doesn't deliver any.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
Sleepers' ultimate sin is that it takes child sexual abuse, a subject that shouldn't be toyed with, and uses it as the impetus for a trifling revenge play.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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