Sleeping Beauty Reviews

  • Sleeping Beauty's frank subject matter and stark portrayal of a sexually blase college student is certainly interesting, but not nearly as much as expected.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • [An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be ... Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Truth is, there's really nothing, shameful or otherwise, to see in this pretentious and empty fairy tale.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • To be at once earthy and ethereal is an uncommon gift. I noticed it, in Browning...

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • It's not much fun watching an Australian director whose small goal in life is to ape French provocateur Catherine Breillat. There's not much thrill in watching Ms. Browning, who is so anesthetized she seems to be dreaming whether she's asleep or awake.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The film's frustratingly elliptical style and lack of character insight give it a distinctly first-draft feel.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A film where nothing ever happens, and yet everything is mean-spirited.

    Laremy Legel —

  • Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • I found it gorgeous, opaque and disturbing in roughly equal portions, but it was a riveting experience all the way through.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time.

    Dan Kois — Slate

  • Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Soporific in every sense.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, "Sleeping Beauty" is an artful exercise in pointlessness.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality.

  • [The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.

    Glenn Dunks

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