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Sleepwalking Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2008
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 24, 2008
It's a film of mood -- and the mood is perfectly captured.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 15, 2008
Zac Stanford's screenplay works only as a theorem proving Murphy's Law.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 13, 2008
Well-intentioned to a fault, Sleepwalking blurs the line between dramatizing free-floating misery and spreading it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 13, 2008
An inert, sloppily written melodrama as grim and featureless as its frozen Midwestern setting.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 13, 2008
Relentlessly downbeat, with a glimmer of a payoff in the last couple of scenes, Sleepwalking is a film that has 'indie' written all over it -- for better and for worse.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 12, 2008
If you had programmed a computer to come up with a movie that is nothing but a string of the deadliest indie-film situations and moods, you'd have Sleepwalking, a soporific dud, which should have been tossed out of Sundance.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 12, 2008
When you see how hopeless the lives of the American people have become in endless independent films that drive the movie audience away in mobs, you understand why the big, dumb action comics and Will Ferrell alleged comedies make all the money.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 12, 2008
Sleepwalking stands as a heartening reminder that the future of American cinema may rest with those independent filmmakers working far from the bottom-line executives heading the shattered remnants of the old Hollywood studios.
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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.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2008
This is a breakthrough performance [for AnnaSophia Robb] that should do wonders for her career.