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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 10, 2005
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead deftly traces the sad, steady pulse just under the skin of things . . . the lingering images etching out their own fitting epitaph.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 8, 2004
[S]trip[s] the mobster film down to its bare essentials, and the result is stark and relentless...
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 3, 2004
Ace noir title, OK noir movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2004
...a kind of inside-out noir, a stately film about the sad progress of a diminished and sad but still frightful and dangerous monster.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 13, 2004
... Hodges is the kind of director who can breathe new life into old material with an offhand, deceptively minimalist approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
August 13, 2004
In the end, it is the complex aura surrounding Owen's character...that stay with the viewer long after the threads of the story have unraveled in one's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 6, 2004
Hodges' films are grinders and chiselers. Dry and satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 5, 2004
While "Get Carter" had the visceral nastiness of an electric guitar solo, "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" is more like a mournful jazz riff, atmospheric and unresolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
July 30, 2004
This one's more about mood than anything else. Specifically, it's that gritty, sleek, film noir feeling that Hodges seems drawn to, and which this film delivers in spades.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 30, 2004
Matching the movie's restrained style, Owen is extraordinarily still, and all the more riveting because of it.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 29, 2004
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 23, 2004
Owen has some very un-Bond-like accessories here -- a hillbilly beard, a sleeping bag, a chainsaw -- but his commanding performance keeps I'll Sleep solid.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 22, 2004
A scarred-up, bare-knuckled fighter in Palookaville, pretty in its pug-ugly grace, and dangerous, too.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
July 22, 2004
Perhaps a little too slow and not much of a payoff, but this latest from the infrequent Mike Hodges will do until he's ready for another.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 16, 2004
Those with the patience to adapt to its pace will find rewards.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 16, 2004
Hodges (Get Carter, Croupier) delivers another splendidly stylish thriller that's full of dark atmosphere and discordant notes.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 12, 2004
Thumbs way up ...
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
July 11, 2004
...continually thwarts genre expectations with its somber, thoughtful treatment of the brutal subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2004
Mood and portent can conceal any number of flaws in movies about the thug life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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