I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2004

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Critics Consensus

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead's spare performances and slick style are undermined by a lack of cohesive story, yielding a neatly packaged noir with little substance beneath its polished surface.

44%

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Total Count: 90

35%

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Former gangster Will Graham (Clive Owen) is living a quiet life in the English countryside. When he learns his brother (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), a low-level drug dealer, has committed suicide, Will travels to London to investigate his death. He reconnects with his former lover, Helen (Charlotte Rampling), and starts piecing together the circumstances surrounding his brother's death. When he learns a man named Boad (Malcolm McDowell) is responsible, Will seeks revenge.

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Critic Reviews for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (50)

  • Hodges films London restlessly, as though searching for some kind of relief. We are taken from cafs to flats to streets to houses to morgues to garages, in short unsentimental scenes while he drums up an odd, powerful mood of apprehensiveness.

    December 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This sad, dark movie moves across the screen like a sleepwalker, aloof and belonging neither to this world nor the next.

    August 8, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Languorous, elliptical and dull.

    August 6, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • Matching the movie's restrained style, Owen is extraordinarily still, and all the more riveting because of it.

    July 30, 2004 | Rating: B+
  • A tight, well-made, evocative piece of filmmaking for true connoisseurs of gangster movies that is unnerving, yet completely sure of every step it takes.

    July 29, 2004 | Full Review…

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  • This is Owen's picture. He broods, he seethes, he plots. Sometimes he even speaks, but it's not necessary. One glance from Will is enough to send chills down anyone's spine.

    July 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

  • Mar 20, 2010
    I'm sure there are other films that have wasted their great casts as miserably as this, I just can't think of any right now. Clive Owen's character is stoic to the point of mannequin-ism, Malcolm McDowell shows up for five seconds and rapes Jonathan Meyers (who dies in the first 45 min) and Charlotte Rumpling isn't even playing British royalty! If there's any statement in this film at all it's the glaring black hole that is the total and utter lack of direction. It seems Mike Hodges' "wander until it looks right" technique wasn't so groundbreaking after all...shame really.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2009
    Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brian Croucher, Charlotte Rampling, Malcolm McDowell, Marc O'Shea, Damian Dibben DIRECTED BY: Mike Hodges It doesn't really matter what this film was about. All I know is that it not only had Clive Owen in it but it also had Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it and it still couldn't keep me interested. It was by far the most boring thriller I have ever seen, maybe the only. This is what I would call a sleepy thriller. I did shut my eyes a couple times and didn't even miss a thing. Just very disappointed. I had wanted to see this and the trailer made it look like it would be a decent thriller. Lies.. LOL.. Also the actress Charlotte Rampling plays Owens past love interest. Is it just me or did she seem a bit old for the part? I had thought she was their mother.. My mistake I guess.. Anyways, most of the time I say see it for yourself since all our tastes are not the same, and I will do so with this one as well. Maybe it's from the long day that I have had that I felt that this movie was sleepy.. or I was just sleepy.. Maybe I should watch it again.. but I am certain I will come to the same conclusion... Boring and disappoiniting..
  • Jul 05, 2008
    The film left with unanswered questions. And the fact that I could multi-task while watching wasn't a good indicator. Nonetheless, Owen is good, and watching this I can tell why people wanted him as Bond - he looks damn good in a suit. But the subject of rape doesn't constitute a four-star review - it just makes things gritty. There are some good scenes, but not enough.
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2008
    I waited forever to see this.It finally came in my mail from Zip,ca It was a horrible movie The storyline was werid from the get go It made no sence to me.Overall thier was no killings just two through out the whole movie,What kind of Mobster movie is that?.And the ending was crap altogeather.I was expecting something alot better and from one of my favorite actors(Clive Owen)Even in the movie you really dont see much of him.Its too bad cause this movie could have been done alot better if they added more killings and more action,and tweaked the storyline just a bit.After the movie you thought to yourself what a waste of my time BOOOOOO!
    Daryl . Super Reviewer

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