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Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
June 29, 2014
It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Even if the film's final chapter seems far too on point, if not glib, the filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 9, 2012
The film's stifled sexual politics seem both non-feminist and critical of a 21st-century pornographic world, where all of us are stuck in our cubicles of detached, narcissistic desire.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
January 1, 2012
This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Rafer Guzman
December 9, 2011
A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2011
Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 8, 2011
It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore.
| Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
December 7, 2011
Leigh strikes an observational, artful tone that builds to an emotional climax as fittingly yet frustratingly enigmatic as anything that's come before.
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Dan Kois
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
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
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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
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
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
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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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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
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
November 28, 2011
Julia Leigh's take on the fairy tale is a study in detachment and unspoken dissatisfaction, traits that imbue the proceedings with a barely-contained sexual energy lurking beneath a thin veneer of calm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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