Before I Go to Sleep


Before I Go to Sleep

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If it doesn't completely avoid thriller clichés, Before I Go to Sleep still offers a stylish, fast-paced, and well-acted diversion.



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A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth). (c) Clarius


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Critic Reviews for Before I Go to Sleep

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  • Kidman and Firth are both excellent in their sadness and savagery, and Joffe builds tension far better than most of the horror movies available at your local Cineplex this Halloween weekend.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • There's no edge, no pulp, no grit under its fingernails.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's shallow, it's silly, it's pat. It's... forgettable.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Throbbing musical crescendos and flickery flashbacks abound but apart from some outlandish plot machinations, nothing here is good or bad enough to be memorable.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • With luck, Kidman will erase this inept thriller from her memory as quickly as it leaves theaters.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Full Review…

    Ella Taylor

    Top Critic
  • It isn't Hitchcock, but it will do.

    Oct 31, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Before I Go to Sleep

  • Oct 10, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2015
    Very interesting concept that gives you the story. The movie itself is a little dull, even boring at times. The acting was good but without the consistency in presentation the film is lacking.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2015
    Well-acted, competently composed, but derivative, Before I Go to Sleep does enough to keep you interested for its short run, but not enough to make you remember it much before you decide to go to sleep yourself. When a woman undergoes a horrific accident, suffers a brain disorder causing her short-term memory to be wiped out each day. Left bewildered, she is left to put the pieces together to create one horrible puzzle. The film certainly has shades of other similarly themed thrillers, such as memento, so it can't be given too much credit for its premise. However, the film does turn in three laudable performances from its better than average cast, headlined by Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Their dynamic on screen represents the most exciting aspect of the film, with Kidman selling her role with great skill. The direction is competent, and keeps the film moving at a good solid pace. The script tries to give us twists and turns, yet they are never as impactful as the film hopes they are. This is due to poor set-up and decreasing realism. It's not lackluster but it's also not distinctive. The film simply does not distinguish itself, we see the major arcs complete before they do, and are ultimately left unimpressed by the ending. All in all, it's an okay film, but not ambitious to stand out. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects meets Peter Segal's 50 First Dates, this colourless and tightly strung thriller is a paranoid little piece about an amnesiac woman who begins to learn things about her life and her husband that startle and disturb her. What stood out the most for me was the intriguing plot with all its twists and turns and also an unsettling performance from Colin Firth who finally breaks away from the archetype of the Mr. Darcy's he's so often cast as. The film spins and twists like a bleak carousel with not as much fun to be offered from other thrillers in the same vein, but the film is moderately enjoyable nonetheless. The repetition of the film is one of its strongest qualities and yet biggest drawbacks, as it often feels monotonous against its bleak backdrop and dark story.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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