Sleepless in Seattle

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Sleepless in Seattle is a cute classic with a very light touch and real chemistry between the two leads -- even when spending an entire movie apart.

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After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (15)

  • Sleepless In Seattle balances romance and realism by giving its central characters two different but equally pragmatic philosophies on love.

    January 25, 2019 | Full Review…

    Caroline Siede

    AV Club
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  • "Sleepless in Seattle" (citywide), a real charmer, is a romantic comedy about an ultimate long-distance relationship. Emphasize "romantic." Emphasize "comedy." It delivers both.

    January 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Self-consciousness infects Nora Ephron's sweet but perilously thin love story, Sleepless in Seattle...such are the perils of these postmodernist times: even our love stories feed off borrowed emotion.

    March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • A movie to which director and co-writer Nora Ephron brought her terrific flair, wit and nous, although she propagates the terrifying fallacy that a widower makes a wonderful romantic catch.

    February 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't get me wrong: I have no objection to shamelessly corny love stories that make you well up with tearful joy. I just don't like it when the movie does the welling up for you.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.

    February 2, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleepless in Seattle

  • Dec 31, 2011
    Sleepless in Seattle is a funny but slightly cheesy Meg Ryan rom-com, but it's still far inferior to the wonderful movie that preceded it, When Harry Met Sally, which maintains its place as the king of romantic comedies.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Cheesy rom com, I dont understand how its so popular, still some funny momest though and not all that bad.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2011
    Sleepless in Seattle is one of the most fantastic movies i've ever watched.It really hit me somewhere in my heart.We may fall in love all of a sudden.There is no reason for this.And neither do we need.Love is just like magic.Love has it all.
    Chandler X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Cheesy rom com, I dont understand how its so popular, still some funny momest though and not all that bad.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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