Sleepers Reviews

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October 16, 2019
Levinson knows how to make a movie. He keeps it compelling throughout, and although it runs 2 1/2 hours, Sleepers offers no room for catnaps.
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.
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.
September 7, 2011
August 16, 2011
...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success.
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]
January 1, 2011
Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.
July 6, 2010
The problems start with Levinson's script, which overemploys Patric's florid narration to tell you what you're about to see, what it means and how you should feel about it.
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
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.
August 14, 2009
Disturbing, but compelling and provocative.
August 2, 2008
One thing you will not being doing after seeing this dark, yet beautifully written film, is sleeping.
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.
February 9, 2006
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...
January 25, 2006
January 20, 2006
Disturbing and powerful
April 21, 2005
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.
February 11, 2005
February 7, 2005
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