Sleeping Giant

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A teen fills his days with reckless summer adventures with his two pals. However, their friendship is tested when they compete over a new girl in town.

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  • Everything changes over a single summer for the kids in Sleeping Giant, a superb coming-of-age story set in Northern Ontario.

    Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Liz Braun

    Toronto Sun
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  • Not just the best Canadian movie of 2015, but one of the year's best films, period.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Cividino creates a volatile, captivating and singular look at adolescence, wholly free of the sanitized antics of Hollywood.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Boys will be boys, yes, but Cividino doesn't romanticize them: They can be pretty toxic, too.

    Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic
  • What's particularly admirable here is the way the cast and filmmakers illuminate not just the wit and charm of young men, but also the callow cruelty of youth.

    Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Sleeping Giant draws the viewer in despite the bland subject matter, making every character intriguing and maintaining suspense and the feeling of impeding trouble perfectly.

    Aug 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleeping Giant

  • May 13, 2019
    Coming-of-age films are amongst my favorite types of films, but they are often tricky to make. A good film, should give you feelings of nostalgia and form a bond between yourself and at least one of the characters, while a bad one can seem to be nothing more than an episode of Jackass. This film has a bit of both. Sleeping Giants is the story of three teenage boys, spending the summer with their families on Lake Superior and as you might expect, circumstances bring them together. There are some funny moments, trouble to be had, and of course a girl who gets in the middle of everything. What this film has going for it, is that the cast was actually teens, ones whom have very limited acting experience. That being said, it seems as though, the writers also have somewhat limited experience, as this film is your very standard, text book, run of the mill story. What you'd expect to happen in this situation is exactly what happens, and while I like the fact that the story features real teens and new faces, the truth is that nobody really stands up or shows anything more than just kids hanging out. That could honestly be the title of this film, kids hanging out. Sleeping Giants isn't bad in any way, but it's nothing special either, an all-around forgettable experience.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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