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June 16, 2018

Slow paced, meagre effort by all actors, particularly DeNiro. Dialogue was strained.

I don't know what there is to actually like.
June 15, 2018
The narration is a little heavy for me, but watching it through the lens of twenty some years difference, I believe the film aged well and now seems much more interesting. It's heartbreaking and frustrating, but a good movie with a great Kevin Bacon villain and sad Brad Pitt. Plus, DeNiro as a balln' priest.
June 8, 2018
Barry Levinson's all star heavy Sleepers is a very, very good film featuring some standout performances from known and unknown faces. This is a film you will remember for some time since you leave the theater.
April 21, 2018
Rarely can you call a movie intelligent. One of the best crafted movies compared to the junk being put out today.
April 13, 2018
An incredible coming of age drama that deals with abuse, trauma, and coping with rape. It's a heavy movie that explores the friendship between a group of young men and how they each deal with their environment and upbringing. Young Jason Patric and Brad Pitt stand out as excellent performances that pave the way for their future roles and Pitt's eventual stardom.

Robert De Niro is particularly wonderful as a kind priest that tries to teach these boys morals and fundamental wisdom for living life. De Niro plays it very empathetic and subtle in his acting. De Niro's priest functions as their collective father figure and a source of guidance. It's one of Robert De Niro's most understated roles. He is so good.

Kevin Bacon is another notable role in Sleepers. He is the most vile and reprehensible villain in Sleepers. He eats up the scenery when he is one screen in Sleepers. His heinous actions are hidden away behind his calm and collected demeanor. Bacon delivers one of his finest performances in his career. It's like a crash course in cruelty. Bacon is brilliant!

Check out Sleepers if you dare.
December 20, 2017
great story and cast. but super long and boring, with a prime old-movie-quality: narration. and the entertainment factor was low. (2 viewings)
September 29, 2017
Fantastic!!! Best movie I have watched in eons.
I Highly recommend!
½ August 24, 2017
The part with them as kids is the strongest element. Not that the part with them as adults is bad, it's just mostly a legal drama then, and while it's still interesting, especially because you've seen the kid part, it's pretty much like every other law drama TV Show or Movie. The score and cinematography are both really great, and the score was nominated for an Oscar, which was well deserved! The performances are all great, with the kids being surprisingly good, and the seasoned/veteran/popular adults obviously standing out! I personally really liked Dustin Hoffman, he was the stand out in the slightly less interesting law part! It's a long movie, but doesn't feel quite as long, because the kids part, for me at least, zoomed through! The law part does drag a little, if you've seen as many law things as me! Overall, this is pretty good!
August 9, 2017
Really a masterpiece. One of the few movies that not only stood the test of time but exceeded it.
July 29, 2017
A harrowing story of child abuse and subsequent revenge. The great ensemble cast gives forceful performances especially that of Kevin Bacon and Dustin Hoffman. This film is very important, for it rises the additional attention to the meanest and darkest features of human's nature.
½ April 30, 2017
Id say its a classic 90s movie, with great line up. A revenge movie, in some rather untraditional way. Thus the movie really dont manages to get out of the box, therefore it never really makes a deep impression either.
April 23, 2017
Clever story with an excellent cast.
March 24, 2017
The acting is okay. Not really a great casting. But Barry Levinson is such a brilliant director that it doesn't matter. You really feel bad for the guys by the end of the movie. The underlying sadness is just so obvious. Great movie.
March 16, 2017
Gripping and powerful.
March 13, 2017
Disturbing as it is poignant and thought-provoking. Sleepers is a tale of revenge with strong direction and powerful performances that will ultimately end in heartbreaking tragedy
½ March 11, 2017
Great movie based on questionable "based on a true story" source material. Many relevant themes of American Jurisprudence are explored. The depiction of juvenile correctional officers as sadistic pedophiles are good for dramatic effect, but does it effect the realities of 1969? Enjoy this movie as a work of fiction. Kevin Bacon owns as Sean Nokes, the demented and troubled senior correctional officer.
July 16, 2016
Still one of my favourite films, a story told in two halves, childhood innocence and grown up revenge. "Hell's Kitchen is a place of innocence, ruled by corruption" with an all star cast and a serious subject matter, the story and characters will keep you interested to the very end.
June 22, 2016
The film was flawless up until the boys grew up. This is a tense, disturbing movie from start to finish. It is not the best courtroom thriller out there, but it's pretty darn good. Kevin bacon was excellent as the demented ward guard
June 14, 2016
Sleepers is has wonderful cast and has brilliant acting, but all is too familiar
½ May 13, 2016
Watchable New York crime thriller.
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