The Perfect Sleep (2008)



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After a 10 year absence a man returns to his home town to protect the woman he loves from their mutual enemy who seeks to finally end a long standing war between their families.
R (for violence, some language and brief drug use)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Anton Pardoe
as The Narrator
Roselyn Sanchez
as Porphyria
Tony Amendola
as Dr. Sebastian
Dominiquie Vandenberg
as Captain Keller
Sam Thakur
as The Rajah
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Sleep

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

There are shadows on top of shadows. It's the film noir universe, all right. What does the title refer to? Perhaps to what you will enjoy during the film.

Full Review… | May 7, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Easy on the eyes but brutal on the ears, The Perfect Sleep fuses Shakespearean tragedy and noir iconography into a strange, lovely, leaden ball of confusion.

March 27, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The disjointed story is no more comprehensible than The Big Sleep. Though Alter is no Howard Hawks and Pardoe and Sanchez are no Bogie and Bacall, this movie looks great. You won't nap through The Perfect Sleep.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Alter's film is a rare pleasure.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Style significantly trumps substance in The Perfect Sleep, a good-looking but convoluted homage to film noir, Russian literature and Shakespearean tragedy, among a few too many other things.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Alter's often inventive work is kneecapped by a deliriously nonsensical script, which misses the mark as both over-the-top parody and straight-faced homage, and could have been intended as either.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Sleep

This movie's title seemingly refers not to anything within the movie, but rather where it will leave its audience. While the cinematography and the sporadic self-referential humor are assets here, the unending, droning voice-over narration and exposition are too much. There is seriously about an hour and twenty minutes worth of explaining the plot convolutions and then a quick and entertaining climax. The end of the film belongs to a much better movie. Perhaps taking a cue from the title, most of the actors seem to somnambulate through their roles. Only Patrick Bauchau as the primary antagonist impresses.

Ben Ritchie
Ben Ritchie

Is this suppose to be funny? Lame.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

a bit on the sllloooowwwww side but everytime you are about to go god this is slow it picks up enough to keep you interested...the doctor in this is funny evn though he is not supposed to be...the ending a little predictable but good enough to not feel like you got ripped off...

Matt Berley
Matt Berley

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