Sleeping with the Enemy


Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)


Critic 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.


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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)

It's the sort of movie where all of the characters and plot moves (if one wants to call them that) are tailored to the thriller mechanics and have no existence apart from their crude functionality.

Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…

Roberts is terrific in a layered part. Anderson brings an edge to the nice-guy-next-door role, and the dark, dashing Bergin is chillingly twisted.

Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…
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Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet.

May 12, 2001

A relentlessly formulaic look at the downside of sexual obsession.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

No one in this movie can be accused of doing his best.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleeping with the Enemy

One of the first thrillers I saw at the cinema. Julia is brilliant. She stages her own death to get away from her abusive husband but he realises and comes looking for her.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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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 Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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!!!!

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♥Robyn M♥

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Not a bad 90?s Thriller, despite my dislike of Julia Roberts in many films. Perhaps not as graphic as such films have now become, but it did portray the fear of control pushed upon the main character and the unstoppable, possessive, aggressive abuser. Maybe a bit too Hollywood in it?s rose ? tinted ending, but an enjoyable film even so.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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