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½ September 2, 2017
When I was looking for a great romance film to watch, I was contemplating between this and When Harry Met Sally... I looked at the latter first. By the end of both, I was more satisfied with myself for picking these choices. Both have you guessing if soul mates are possible, and they do this by comparing the main couple with other people. The latter uses it to show the main couple over time, while Sleepless In Seattle uses it to convey the idea that even distance can't keep them apart.
August 29, 2017
Love this film and all Nora Ephron films!
½ August 12, 2017
Garbage, Garbage, Garbage.
½ July 24, 2017
Kinda wish they spent more time together on film
June 23, 2017
This is a good, sappy chick flick with a wonderful ending.
June 21, 2017
A heart warming movie perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have a chemistry that's hard to come by today. This movie makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Wonderful.
June 9, 2017
Well, as Chick-y as they come. Enjoyed the soundtrack. Tom Hanks is always good. Maybe expected a bit more overall. Easy to watch.
May 4, 2017
I want to say it's sweet and there is certainly some humor, but it is entirely implausible and ironically shallow. (First viewing - Late teen years)
March 20, 2017
Better than it should have been. There will be a few random films watched in the coming months. Ticking off our holiday destinations by film. Seemed an obvious choice to start with.
½ March 8, 2017
This is a decent romantic comedy. My sister used to play the theme song all the time when we were kids!
February 23, 2017
why did it take me so long to see this
½ January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
December 29, 2016
makes you wonder about the magic and if it really does exist anywhere outside of movies.
½ December 4, 2016
This was decent because Tom Hanks is always good. The kid was funny.
September 26, 2016
Impossibly charming. Sleepless in Seattle both channelled the '40s and '50s' melodrama in rom-coms, moving away from the '80s cheese, and had a huge impact in the genre in the decade to come.
August 26, 2016
Tavanomainen draaamakomedia. Sopivaa katsottavaa yövuorojen jälkeen kun ei yöllä väsytä... ;) (Suom. Uneton Seattlessa)
½ August 2, 2016
The rise of Tom Hanks' stardom wasn't accidental. This movie is flat without his performance.
½ July 30, 2016
Ironically, one could be sleeping throughout 65% of this movie and still follow the plot fine. But it has some pretty funny moments and a sappy enough story to make it worth the rental.
½ July 17, 2016
It's not bad as a movie, but the premise and message are wrong.
July 9, 2016
Sleepless in Seattle is interesting in that it's a romance, and yet the two main characters are very rarely seen onscreen at the same time. The fact that these two characters are separated by thousands of miles sort of splits the film into two sections: a tale of grief and father-son drama after the death of a wife and a mother, and a story of a young woman who is stuck between a relationship with a fiancé and being in love with a man she's never met. In terms of performances, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are both solid in portraying these characters, with the former in particular truly standing out with a balance of charm and emotional moments that he so consistently delivers.

Unfortunately, everything else in the film falls apart, and struggles to live up to its unique premise. Nora Ephron mostly fails to deliver the same kind of organic character development that made her past outing, screenwriting work on Rob Reiner's classic When Harry Met Sally, work so well. Ephron seems to think she's delivering some sort of tongue-in-cheek look at the tropes of romantic comedies, especially when it comes to Meg Ryan's half of the story, and yet she delivers every single trope in the book and follows every beat you expect. The promise the film sets up in the first act is utterly wasted as it slowly devolves into a third act full of moments that are too idealistic for their own good: idealism in romance can work when handled correctly, but this film sacrifices logical character motivations in favor of it, and it hurts the film more than it helps it.

If you're going to watch any 90s rom-com, stick with When Harry Met Sally. Aside from two memorable performances from Hanks and Ryan, it doesn't flow as well and lacks the same kind of impact of Ephron's past work.
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