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Sleep Dealer Reviews

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April 14, 2009
From the imperialist villains and their humanitarian abuses to the laborers dying on their feet, what's so clever about tricking out this worn-out tale of woe into a genre flick?
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.
January 19, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
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.
April 3, 2009
It's a good story and is well-acted and nicely shot, but its pace is disappointingly plodding.
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.
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
April 2, 2009
A sci-fi production that skewers globalization challenges the intellect but fails to stir the emotions, a victim of an inadequate budget.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 28, 2008
Despite some clever virtual-reality concepts and projections about the next frontier of globalization, Alex Rivera's ambitious directing debut lacks the vision, or the budget, to pull off its fusion of sci-fi and aspirational saga.
September 17, 2015
An important movie with a lot of deep themes and spearpoint for the new Mexican sci-fi. [Full review in Spanish]
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
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
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-
January 25, 2008
The freshness and ingenuity of this techno-thriller should spark a cult following.
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.
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
March 29, 2009
"Sleep Dealer" is a refreshingly atmospheric low budget sci-fi thriller in the vein of Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days," that shows great promise for director/co-writer Alex Rivera.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 13, 2009
Demonstrates the difficulties that result from leaving home to find work, but in classic B-movie fashion it has a lot of fun with it too:
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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