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Sleepers Reviews

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
At times the images are agonizing to behold, men in their most desperate, hateful depths preying on children. The film, exceptional on many counts, ultimately is sad in a hopeless, haunting way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
É um daqueles filmes que preparam o espectador durante uma hora e meia para um clímax que nunca chega.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Idealized? You bet. That's why the loss of this world must be avenged with the same broad strokes that you'd expect from the Count of Monte Cristo.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Although Sleepers is billed as a thriller, this is not what the film is about. In the end, the film is about human relationships, and what draws us together as friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
In craft terms alone, Sleepers is considerably better than average filmmaking, but it's difficult to take this film as seriously as it takes itself.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Despite protests from the Catholic Church (which whines about any movie that portrays priests as anything less-than-pure), Sleepers, which represents two and one-half hours of gripping entertainment, is well worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As entertainment, the movie functions successfully. But I don't believe the story is true -- not true to the facts, and not true to the morality it pretends to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
A harrowing tale that includes a preposterous court case, an-eye-for-an-eye moral, and fine acting from a star-packed cast.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
The plot is complicated and the climax is subtle. But for much of the movie, Levinson ... is still in that Natural mode, wherehe doesn't trust his audience to get it.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Worth seeing for the acting alone. Add in the starpower, Levinson's direction and some good visuals, and you've got one heck of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Almost everything in it, true or not, plays as a cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Spanning two decades and with a star studded cast all at the top of their form, Levinson's Sleepers is a phenomenal film experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
What a more interesting film this would have been had Levinson found a way to integrate the past and the present so that one informed the other. As constructed, however, he's made a lopsided movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
That revenge is sweet is no new moral code for Hollywood, of course, but in this case it's asking quite a bit to suggest that we cheer murderers and drug dealers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Finally redeems [Levinson] for the idiocy of Disclosure and Toys.
| Original Score: 4/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The implausibility of this story is high, but it still retains the vibrance and interest of all good prison and courtroom dramas.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
It explores whole lives, capturing terror, shame, vulnerability and the burning, fleeting satisfaction of retribution. And it leaves its audience speechless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 1, 2000
A perfectly competent Hollywood revenge fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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