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To Sleep With Anger Reviews

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Matt Prigge
September 9, 2016
Subtle and quietly powerful - partly novelistic, partly poetic
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
September 7, 2016
One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2016
Charles Burnett bridges theatrical dialogue, portentous omens, and presentational acting with masterful grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
April 6, 2015
Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.
Emanuel Levy
January 8, 2007
If Killer of Sheep is Burnett's masterpiece, this film, an odd combination of drama, comedy, and irony, well-acted by Danny Glover, is his most accessible picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 8, 2006
An odd little movie -- and a bit too leisurely paced -- that was largely overlooked on its original release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Kermode
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
October 11, 2003
A poetic and consistently surprising comedy-drama that is clearly a pet project for all its participants.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
Probes the value clashes in a middle-class Los Angeles black family

May 24, 2003
Though occasionally underwritten, the drama makes its point effectively enough and Burnett incorporates plenty of valuable archive footage.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 11, 2002
This stately, stagey, funereally paced contemporary drama of middle-class African-American life looks as if it could have been set almost any time in the past half-century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
June 24, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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.
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