Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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March 4, 2019
While Beauty is prettily composed and the acting was just fine, the overall effect left me feeling pretty empty.
July 9, 2018
Sleeping Beauty aspires to create a... haunted disconnect between Lucy's presentation and her subjectivity. Yet Leigh isn't able to muster a cinematic equivalent of a first-person narration that would convey Lucy's interiority to the viewer.
March 3, 2018
[Director Julia] Leigh shows great confidence as a visual stylist and director of actors.
January 3, 2018
Understatedly strange, erotic, quietly surrealistic and slightly disturbing, it's a striking film that immediately marks out its Australian writer-director as a confident new cinematic voice.
October 23, 2017
At no point did any of the symbolism in Sleeping Beauty feel organic.
June 29, 2014
It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality.
October 17, 2013
[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.
July 1, 2013
Even if the film's final chapter seems far too on point, if not glib, the filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency.
June 23, 2013
It's so sterile and clinical and emotionless that making a film about the emotionlessness of sex has become more of a cliche than just good ole Cinemax softcore porn.
June 20, 2013
She spends much of the movie baring her fascinatingly underdeveloped body; her vagina is her temple. There's no graphic sex, but its intimations are anything but sexy.
May 30, 2013
Wallows in the mud as a sicko exploitation pic.
September 28, 2012
Juggling moments of pitch black humour and disturbingly tense scenes of abuse, Sleeping Beauty has a queasy, mismatched tone that underscores an uneven, elliptical movie.
July 21, 2012
Comically pretentious and unreasonably slow...
February 9, 2012
The film's stifled sexual politics seem both non-feminist and critical of a 21st-century pornographic world, where all of us are stuck in our cubicles of detached, narcissistic desire.
January 27, 2012
It is also, sadly, frustratingly, disappointingly and, most importantly, relentlessly boring.
January 12, 2012
[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...
January 12, 2012
I could see it inspiring interesting discussions afterward, but there is the matter of having to sit through it first.
January 1, 2012
This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.
December 22, 2011
Though it seems appropriate to make "Sleeping Beauty" as empty, enervating and dull as its main character, it only serves to underscore the lack of entertainment or insight.
December 9, 2011
A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.
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