1992, Mystery & thriller, 1h 48m41 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Light Sleeper requires patience, but delivers commensurate rewards -- and boasts an absorbing performance from Willem Dafoe. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Light Sleeper
The cast is skilfully alert... and Schrader's vision is unencumbered either by sentiment or cynicism.February 28, 2021 | Full Review…
Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting.
It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces.September 9, 2014 | Full Review…
With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together.
Dafoe completely inhabits the character, appearing in virtually every scene and developing a fascinating psychological profile.
For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet.
Audience Reviews for Light Sleeper
Nov 05, 2019All of Schrader's hallmarks are here, but until he made "First Reformed" this was perhaps the most moving of his "male loner" films. If not for the ill advised song score, this could have been a masterpiece.Alec B Super Reviewer
Dec 02, 2011An in-depth character study, much like most of Paul Schrader's other work. The real talent here is Willem Dafoe, who carries most of the film with his detailed and thoughtful performance.Stephen E Super Reviewer
May 18, 2011This movie is okay. I liked Sarandon the best in the cast, she's such a great actress. The story is alright, but nothing really new, it's sort of like a drug drama from the 70s, but it gets kind of dull at times.Aj V Super Reviewer
Apr 13, 2010If you liked watching "Taxi Driver" then Paul Scharder's film "Light Sleeper" is for you. This is one of Schrader's best films and he knows these kinds of stories inside out. Willem Dafoe plays in the mature Travis Bickle role as John LaTour. Susan Surandon plays as the upscale cocaine barron and in ways her performance reminds me of Nina Van Pallandt from Schrader's earlier 80's picture "American Gigolo".Brian R Super Reviewer
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