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Critic Reviews for Sleepwalking
Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution.
The movie seems unusually honest in portraying the no-option existence of the working poor, but the story slips into melodrama in the last reel.
It's a film of mood -- and the mood is perfectly captured.
Sleepwalking provides character arcs for its two protagonists but neither is as interesting or memorable as the performances warrant.
Zac Stanford's screenplay works only as a theorem proving Murphy's Law.
Portentous and dull, the film features one of the worst over-the-top performances by Dennis Hopper, who plays an abusive father. His role upends what could have been a mildly interesting family drama.
Audience Reviews for Sleepwalking
Wonderfully life drama about the relationship between a 12-year-old girl and her uncle. Superb, naturalistic performances by the three lead actors, Nick Stahl, Charlize Theron and AnnaSophia Robb, make us truly care about the people they are portraying and the things that are happening to them. In Sleepwalking the scenery and climate could not have been more dull, barren and depressing. There are boring, depressing highways that go for miles without any beautiful scenery. Every location in this film is flat, dreary and depressing. This added to the disturbing impact of the movie. The people who live in the area of the movie are colourless, dull and depressing.
Cast: Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Deborra-Lee Furness, Callum Keith Rennie, Amy Matysio, Shannon Jardine, Simon Chin, Ken Mitchell, Jean Freeman, Troy Skog, George Grassick, Mike Ennis, Alexandra Fox Director: Bill Maher Summary: When James's (Nick Stahl) sister, Joleen (Charlize Theron), shows up with her 11-year-old daughter, Tara (AnnaSophia Robb), he doesn't think twice about welcoming them into his home. But when Joleen skips town without her daughter, James is thrust into a role he's grossly unprepared for. At risk of losing Tara to foster care, James hits the road with his niece. Along the way, the pair develop a genuine bond and discover a true sense of family. My Thoughts: "Although I liked the film, it had many potholes. It really didn't fill in some of the blanks for me. But for what it was, it still a good film. Nick Stahl and AnnaSophia were really good in this. Dennis Hopper, was good in this as well. His character is a controlling, hateful man. Its so easy to hate him in this film. As many probably have, or will say, this movie is quite depressing. It really never lightens up. It's a bit slow in some spots and could have ran a little shorter in time. But all in all a good enough flick with a sad and disturbing story."
Tara's mother is trash, and when she's forced from her home, she bunks in with her younger brother, then deserts her brother (James) and daughter (Tara). James does his best trying to care for Tara, but it isn't easy - he lands up losing his job, and Tara is put into foster care. James and Tara land up at James' father's farm, which is where the movie becomes unrealistic. All in all, it is worth watching the movie. Not cute, more scary actually.
|Tara:||[after she sees him staring at her] Uncle James, you're creeping me out.|
|Joleen:||Hey, you be nice to Uncle James. James, where do you keep the hangers?|
|Joleen:||Hangers! God, this place is such a mess. I should have brought some of my own furniture.And we're going to need another pillow for Tara, by the way.|
|Tara:||I'm not sleeping in the same bed as you, Mom!|
|Joleen:||You know, you could really start unpacking your own shit instead of sitting there and pretending to do your homework.|
|Tara:||I'm not pretending to do my homework, I'm pretending not to hate my life!|
|Joleen:||Well, you're not doing a very good job of pretending!|
|Tara:||Well, maybe I'm not applying myself!|
|Joleen:||I don't need this kind of shit from you right now, Tara!|
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