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Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 12, 2012
[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 9, 2011
Eros snores.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 28, 2011
To be at once earthy and ethereal is an uncommon gift. I noticed it, in Browning...
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 2, 2011
Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 11, 2011
Browning...proves that she's a fearless and distinctive young actress whose rigorously passive performance imbues her character with immense depth and mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 13, 2011
I found it gorgeous, opaque and disturbing in roughly equal portions, but it was a riveting experience all the way through.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 12, 2011
Soporific in every sense.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 11, 2011
A film where nothing ever happens, and yet everything is mean-spirited.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 11, 2011
The film's frustratingly elliptical style and lack of character insight give it a distinctly first-draft feel.