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Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 4, 2011
Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dan Kois
Slate
December 2, 2011
Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
December 2, 2011
Exploring enduring appeal to men,. . .the banality of human nature. . .may be a letdown, especially about elderly males, but is disturbingly universal as a modern fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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December 2, 2011
The result can feel untouchable and impenetrable, but it also serves to make its visceral moments that much more affecting. This Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale; it's stark, dispassionate and noticeably short on happily ever afters.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 2, 2011
Creepy erotic drama about sedated girls has little meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 2, 2011
Some may see a commentary on the plight of women here. However, such 'radical passivity' is beyond the reach of empathy.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 2, 2011
I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 1, 2011
There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephanie Zacharek
Movieline
December 1, 2011
The picture is clinical in its approach and its technique, yet it leaves so many questions unanswered - it's straightforward in a vague, maddening way. It's also strangely, obliquely compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
December 1, 2011
Sleeping Beauty's frank subject matter and stark portrayal of a sexually blase college student is certainly interesting, but not nearly as much as expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 1, 2011
Carries all the suspense and sexual fury of bread baking. A tepid series of vaguely salacious encounters mixed with mummified emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 1, 2011
Early on, I was ready to bolt; the question in my mind was "Why am I watching this?" Aside from the fact that I could say that it's my job, I still don't have an answer.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 1, 2011
There's an allegorical quality to what Leigh's up to here.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 30, 2011
Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 30, 2011
It's not much fun watching an Australian director whose small goal in life is to ape French provocateur Catherine Breillat. There's not much thrill in watching Ms. Browning, who is so anesthetized she seems to be dreaming whether she's asleep or awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 29, 2011
The very beautiful and brave young actor Emily Browning slugs us with another sucker punch in the disturbing debut feature from Australian novelist Julia Leigh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 29, 2011
A bit too clinical to be for all tastes, but it's kind of brilliant for what it is, and even riveting in a very unique, anti-thriller sort of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 29, 2011
Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be ... Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 29, 2011
Truth is, there's really nothing, shameful or otherwise, to see in this pretentious and empty fairy tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 29, 2011
[H]ow does any woman make a film like this one, which celebrates mute female submission as something beautiful and desirable, something so understandably, so reasonably attractive to men?
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