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Sleepless in Seattle Reviews

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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.
July 9, 2016
Did you see You've Got Mail? Because if you did, you have seen this....same movie. Acting was good, the story...(Yawn)
June 19, 2016
this movie is completely ridiculous in the worst ways, the events don't feel magical like the movie tells you they are, the feel forced by sheer will of the writers and director, i felt to chemistry between the leads, hell they didn't even speak to each other until 99.9% was over
i hate the kid so much, i hate him more that i hate joffrey, he is such a brat, he is so naive and annoyingly confident, calling the radio show in the first place, and then giving them their address, and the calling again to bitch about victoria, and so many more things i hate his friend jessica, her stupid initialisms, that no one of any generation used, they were not cute, not once
this movie was a chore, from start to finish
June 16, 2016
There's just something special about this one.
March 23, 2016
didn't live up to hype
½ February 20, 2016
Quite possibly the most over-rated romantic comedy I've ever watched with a flimsy-as-hell plot and nothing at all happening beneath the surface; though it is salvaged by Tom Hanks' screen presence and the banter he has with his son. Watching this film today was like stepping back in time to the 50s when women were kept in a neat, little box and their only duties were to cook and clean; that's how ass-backwards this movie portrays women. Every single female character is a sappy, dependent, and unfulfilled woman who can only survive by being with a man and cries her eyes out watching romantic films; can you say stereotype? The main story is that Tom Hanks tragically loses his wife in a car accident and his son pimps him out over the radio to try and get him to move on with his life: great setup for the story, but it ultimately goes nowhere as we get Meg Ryan's character falling in love with him over the air and begins lying to her fiancé so she can pursue this fantasy over and over again. And that's exactly what this film is; a fantasy that tries to convince you that this kind of world exists. As mentioned before, this film would've been a trainwreck if it wasn't for the talents of Tom Hanks who can make almost anything watchable and when he's on-screen the film works, but I checked out of this about halfway through as I found the cliches and stereotypes too unbearable; surprisingly this was directed by a woman too! I simply do not understand the love for this film.
½ February 11, 2016
Moral of the movie - women can stalk men and it is ok to mentally cheat on someone. fail.
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