Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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January 12, 2012
[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...
December 9, 2011
A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.
December 9, 2011
Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.
December 9, 2011
Eros snores.
December 8, 2011
It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore.
December 4, 2011
Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
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December 2, 2011
Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time.
December 2, 2011
The result can feel untouchable and impenetrable, but it also serves to make its visceral moments that much more affecting. This Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale; it's stark, dispassionate and noticeably short on happily ever afters.
December 2, 2011
I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
December 1, 2011
There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.
December 1, 2011
There's an allegorical quality to what Leigh's up to here.
November 30, 2011
Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness.
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November 30, 2011
It's not much fun watching an Australian director whose small goal in life is to ape French provocateur Catherine Breillat. There's not much thrill in watching Ms. Browning, who is so anesthetized she seems to be dreaming whether she's asleep or awake.
November 29, 2011
The very beautiful and brave young actor Emily Browning slugs us with another sucker punch in the disturbing debut feature from Australian novelist Julia Leigh.
November 29, 2011
Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be ... Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.
November 29, 2011
Truth is, there's really nothing, shameful or otherwise, to see in this pretentious and empty fairy tale.
November 28, 2011
To be at once earthy and ethereal is an uncommon gift. I noticed it, in Browning...
November 2, 2011
Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
October 13, 2011
An airless, lifeless experience despite the best efforts and intentions of its lead.
October 11, 2011
Browning...proves that she's a fearless and distinctive young actress whose rigorously passive performance imbues her character with immense depth and mystery.
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