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Sleep Dealer Reviews

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JJ Negrete
Butaca Ancha
September 17, 2015
An important movie with a lot of deep themes and spearpoint for the new Mexican sci-fi. [Full review in Spanish]
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
March 19, 2015
full of plausible evolutions of current technology with a believable if not pleasant feel for how these changes will fit into our world.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
David Thomas
September 28, 2009
what you'll be left with after seeing Sleep Dealer is not a collection of cool scenes so much as a collection of compelling questions about where our world is headed
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 8, 2009
Made on the cheap compared to Hollywood flicks, this thrillingly original and heartfelt Mexican film is a truly human story about the impact of technology on individuals and on society.
August 11, 2009
This Sundance hit takes the "jacking in" premise we've seen in everything from Neuromancer to eXistenZ and looks at it from the point of view of third world migrant workers.
Read More | Original Score: A-
Stan Hall
July 24, 2009
Sleep Dealer is reminiscent of a Philip K. Dick dystopia that might actually read better than it looks here, with average acting, slightly incoherent plotting and cheap special effects.
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Peter Hartlaub
Houston Chronicle
June 19, 2009
Sleep Dealer is flawed, but still vibrant and inventive. Whether he finds larger budgets or keeps doing movie like this, Rivera is definitely a filmmaker to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
June 6, 2009
I'm glad to have science fiction back in the forefront in 2009 but that doesn't mean they're all going to work. Consider Sleep Dealer a near-miss.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 5, 2009
Alex Rivera's overstuffed but intriguing feature debut, Sleep Dealer, takes a speculative leap into Tijuana's near future, imagining the next evolution of cheap labor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 5, 2009
Clearly, Rivera knows one of the great gifts of the sci-fi genre. An uncanny world invites new ways of seeing. It offers new chances to ask the hard -- and too often, hardened -- questions.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 14, 2009
The combination of rusty amateurism, future technology, and clear-and-present politics creates a trippy time-space kick: This dusty little movie feels like yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
Sci Fi Wire
April 17, 2009
Writer-director Alex Rivera crafts a smart, lean and engaging science fiction opus that proves you only need a little money if you have a lot of ideas.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2009
Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 17, 2009
Sleep Dealer is an unusually thoughtful science fiction film, using the speculative energy of the genre to explore some troubling and complex contemporary issues.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
April 16, 2009
Occasionally shaky effects are the biggest drawback in a mostly smart sci-fi cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Pais
April 16, 2009
A jumbled vision ... too many predictable lines like, 'Sometimes you control the machine, and sometimes the machine controls you.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
April 16, 2009
This inventive indie sci-fi movie has plenty of big ideas to make up for its small budget.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
April 16, 2009
Modest sci-fi entry out of Mexico %u2013 about the ultimate offshore labor force - shows impressive vision but lacks the story to keep it going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Abrams
New York Press
April 15, 2009
Sleep Dealer should have something striking to say about what the future looks like according to the third-world workers that are building it at their own expense but it has nothing memorable nor particularly coherent to offer.
Nick Schager
The Screengrab
April 15, 2009
Culminates in an unconvincing finale whose hopefulness seems not only fanciful but, when viewed on the story's own terms, woefully short-sighted.
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