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March 14, 2008
The cast is uniformly excellent, starting with 14-year-old Robb -- she makes a strong transition from child roles with her portrayal of the mercurial Tara.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 14, 2008
Saddled with a title all too true to its somnambulist pace, Sleepwalking is a textbook case of a bad movie partially redeemed by good acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 14, 2008
Sleepwalking is a slow-moving family drama guaranteed to induce a nap if not somnambulism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 14, 2008
The people never come alive, and the unremitting nastiness of the material is like being beaten with soggy towels for 90 minutes. Maybe another director and other leads might have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 14, 2008
Beware any movie that ends with a cliché as dire as 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life.' What comes before that in Sleepwalking is relentlessly depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 14, 2008
It's no easy task staying awake through Sleepwalking, a downbeat debut from Bill Maher (no, not that one). Only a typically intense performance from co-star Nick Stahl offers the jolt needed to keep us alert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2008
Terrific performances and a bleak, riveting look at life on the economic fringes eventually gives way to an overly familiar tale of abuse, denial and catharsis that feels like warmed over Sam Shepard minus the poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
March 14, 2008
It's more disjointed than stirring, more listless than wounding and mostly a misfire -- despite some memorable performances and the fittingly desolate backdrop of Saskatchewan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 14, 2008
The transparently familiar issues -- abuse, unemployment, parental neglect, promiscuity -- are stapled onto characters who never seem credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 14, 2008
Despite its deficiencies, and the inadequate screen time allotted to Theron (who's quite good), Sleepwalking has a core of feeling. It's about a do-gooder who, lacking all skills for it, does good anyway. His emotional odyssey has real poignancy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 14, 2008
The movie seems terrified of true psychological complexity or perversity. It's less a family tragedy than a lousy country dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 14, 2008
Sleepwalking is a frustrating case because Stahl, Robb and Theron all give performances that are subtle, delicate and smart -- it's just that they're steamrollered by the movie's relentlessness.
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
March 14, 2008
The cast performs gamely in this grim and gray affair, but with Stanford's words and dead end story, the actors never really stood a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2008
Charlize Theron only gets better as an actress, and she certainly wouldn't sign on to a low-budget indie such as Sleepwalking without believing in the material. The material, alas, does Theron no favors.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 14, 2008
Filmed mostly in winter, in browns, grays and soiled whites, Sleepwalking sustains a mood of unrelenting bleakness, wearing its aesthetic of desolation like a badge of integrity.
| Original Score: 2/5
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
March 14, 2008
It's a story, which is more than Snow Angels had. It's still miserable lowlifes who can't hold menial jobs languishing in feeling bad.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 14, 2008
[V]isually impressive but naratively underpowered...
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
March 13, 2008
The direction is hackneyed with all-ponderous close-ups to guess the character's 'deep,' inner thoughts. It was unquestionably 'sleepwalking,' which is a perfect description of any audience member who chooses to walk out on this one.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
March 13, 2008
Fine performances - including a nasty turn by Dennis Hopper - rouse Sleepwalking from its slumber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 13, 2008
This entire movie is a country music song, and not one of the classics by Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson. I was waiting for them to get a pet dog, but be forced to give him the Old Yeller treatment!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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