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Sleepwalking Reviews

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James Berardinelli
March 21, 2008
Sleepwalking provides character arcs for its two protagonists but neither is as interesting or memorable as the performances warrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Leo Goldsmith
August 8, 2009
Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 21, 2008
It's all too aptly named.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 9, 2008
Every line is a Big Statement, every character has exactly one defining quality, and every plot development is cornier than the last.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
March 13, 2008
The film is a dissection of damaged goods, but in place of a steady hand guiding matters to believable and sympathetic ends, director Bill Maher (not that one) takes the picture to unwanted extremes of behavior and guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
July 4, 2008
Taking its cue from the tabloids, this is yet another addition to that tacky category of scandal sheet cinema. Why do celebrities with charmed Hollywood lives imagine everyday people as a bunch of sleazy or dimwitted degenerates, misfits and assassins.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 25, 2008
...a lifeless movie about uninteresting people.
| Original Score: 2/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 13, 2008
Mature adult drama sinks under its own weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 14, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 13, 2008
Sleepwalking is an unfortunate title for a movie that appears to be doing just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Fendelman
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 12, 2011
William Maher's melodrama is much too grim and bleak for even the most cynical viewer to enjoy...
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 11, 2008
Sleepwalking seems especially cruel to dwell on the bleak and cold at this time of year, when icy drizzle saturates the bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
March 11, 2008
Theron and Woody Harrelson (as James's party pal Randall) provide vitality against the film's heavy load, but they aren't around long enough to keep it from collapsing under its own portentous weight.
Willie Waffle
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
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 13, 2008
Dennis Hopper just co-starred with Rainn Wilson in a parody of indie movie cliches for the Independent Spirit Awards broadcast, and, as it turns out, several scenes from his latest movie could have been included.
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 14, 2008
[V]isually impressive but naratively underpowered...
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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
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