To Sleep With Anger (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

To Sleep With Anger (1990)

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The life of a middle-class black family in Los Angeles is disrupted by the arrival of an old friend from back South in this layered drama. Initially a charming reminder of their past, the visitor soon comes to seems increasingly sinister as the strained household heads towards an inevitable conflict.

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Cast

Danny Glover
as Harry, Harry Mention
Richard Brooks (VI)
as Babe Brother
Paula Bellamy
as Mrs. Baker
DeForest Covan
as Fred Jenkins
Davis Roberts
as Okra Tate
Lorrie Marlow
as Cherry Bell
Mark Phelan
as Paramedic #1
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Critic Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.

April 6, 2015 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a very entertaining, complex film, a comedy of unusual substance that also manages to keep the audience in suspense as to when the comedy might dissolve into some kind of vicious melodrama.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

Burnett's acute and sensitive direction is free of hackneyed movie conventions; even something as simple as a hello is said differently from the way you've heard it in any other movie.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though it's extremely slow going at times, "To Sleep With Anger" offers a universal look at familial dynamics, articulated from a uniquely black, warmly poetic perspective.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

Didn't do it for me. I don't blame Glover who has been marvellous in other films. It's hard to blame Burnett either after the wonderful work that he did with Killer of Sheep. So how does this go off the rails?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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