Sleeping with the Enemy

1991

Sleeping with the Enemy

Critics Consensus

A game Julia Roberts gives it her all, but Sleeping with the Enemy is one stalker thriller that's unlikely to inspire many obsessions of its own.

21%

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Total Count: 33

61%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 63,806
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In this thriller, the unhappy Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) attempts to escape her miserable marriage and her obsessive, violent husband (Patrick Bergin) by faking a watery death. She travels to a small Southern town and takes on the quiet identity of Sara Waters. As she begins to enjoy her new-found life and freedom, she falls in love with her down-to-earth next-door neighbor, only to find out that her crazed husband has discovered her deception.

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Critic Reviews for Sleeping with the Enemy

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

Audience Reviews for Sleeping with the Enemy

  • Mar 11, 2012
    It's competently made, but it suffers from broadly drawn characters and a plot that's much too obvious. Call it a thriller for people who can't quite handle scares and suspense. You won't find any surprises here.
    Forrest S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Really really scary. It's sad how things like this actually happen and the plot was really carefully thought about and written well. Julia Roberts was astounding and I had nothing but empathy for her character. Found myself screaming at the T.V and rooting for her. It's a definite must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2010
    Julia Roberts plays a battered housewife who's living in terror and fear of her husband.Patrick Bergin is the vicious controlling husband who beats her up for the slightest infraction; if the towels are not lined up correctly in the bathroom or the items in the cabinets are not set a certain way. She fakes her own death, moves to a small town in Iowa and starts over. She meets nice guy played by Kevin Anderson but her husband figures out she's alive and begins hunting her. I recommend this edge-of-your-seat thriller to those of you who like a nice, suspenseful thriller or are fans of Julia Roberts
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    What happens when a beautiful young woman finds and marries her Prince Charming and he turns out to be a psychotic monster.. The movie, a desperate-to-be-Hitchcockian, thriller, casts, (Julia Roberts) as Laura Burney, whose husband, the suave Martin, (Patrick Bergin), is actually a vicious, crazy, wife-beating slug!!!!
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer

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