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Sleepers Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Almost everything in it, true or not, plays as a cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...
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
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
Dragan Antulov
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
January 13, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Drama needs conflict, and Sleepers, at the critical juncture, doesn't deliver any.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 1, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: C
Carly Kocurek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
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James Berardinelli
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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David Stratton
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.
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
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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