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Sleepless in Seattle Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
February 13, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
February 2, 2009
A romantic treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2009
Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2009
If one can ignore all the straining for lightness here, this is watchable enough, though hardly anything resembling a tearjerker.
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Brian Lowry
July 22, 2008
Ephron and fellow writers Jeff Arch and David S. Ward have conspired to make Sleepless in Seattle as purposefully schmaltzy as one can imagine, in a manner that's almost cynical.
Cole Smithey
December 9, 2007
So overrated.
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
February 8, 2007
Like most of Ephron's work, this one is shallow and contrived, but it stars two of America's most likable stars, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 26, 2006
It's easily the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around.
Steve Crum
March 31, 2006
Sure it's contrived, but what a great romantic weeper.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The schmaltzy soundtrack is overdone, but cameraman Sven Nykvist wraps it all up in an appropriately warm glow.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 1, 2005
Seems too precalculated to be charming and magical, and consequently ends up being overly cute.
| Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 8, 2004
[T]he epitome of the modern romantic comedy...
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Better than you might expect, but it
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 4, 2004
Predictable, manipulative, and completely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 24, 2003
One of the finest of all Hollywood romantic comedies.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Bezanson
August 21, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
Should gather a few more converts to the idea that certain people are destined for each other.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle is a feather-light romantic comedy about two lovers who meet for the first time in the last reel. It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Sleepless in Seattle is done with the panache that Hollywood used to do romantic comedies, but seldom does anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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