“"Despite The Rather Awful Title, While Your Were Sleeping Is A Surprisingly Charming Movie."”
“Not The Type Of Movie I Usually Like.”
Bullock just about knocks herself exhausted being winsome and lovable.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
This is a formula film, but it has the kind of good cheer and fine tuning that occasionally give slickness a good name.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
- USA Today
A sappy, negligible, thoroughly innocuous romantic comedy vehicle for Sandra Bullock.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Cringe-inducing moments abound.
Kevin McManus - Washington Post
A feel-good film, warm and good-hearted.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film's casual warmth may make you tolerate some of the shortcomings -- especially since Bullock seems to be having such a fine time with her first starring role.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Director Jon Turteltaub has a smooth style suited to classic farce and knows just how to pace the material to accentuate the positive.
Leonard Klady - Variety
A consistently adorable, if utterly predictable, piece of fluff.
Lucy Mohl - Film.com
A perfect example of this unoriginal-but-enjoyable type of film making.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Recaptures the true spirit of the best kind of modern fairy tale.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Bullock is a genuinely engaging performer, which at least gives the treacle some minty freshness.
Peter Rainer - Los Angeles Times
This year's Sleepless In Seattle. Only better.
- Empire Magazine
Appealing family comedy with old-fashioned feel.
Common Sense Media Editors - Common Sense Media
This appealing romantic comedy catapulted the ever-likeable sandra Bullock into major stardom
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Fortunately, it's smart enough not to outstay its welcome.
A mild romantic comedy rooted in class anxiety, but it's nice to see perennial loser-in-love Pullman get some. Respect, that is.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's cutesy enough to serve as a pleasant time-waster for those hungering for blue-collar romance in Chi town.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This is the first romantic comedy I've seen in a long time that, by the third act, doesn't forget about being funny.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
As cute and cuddly a bedtime story as anyone could wish for.
- Time Out
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Surprisingly half-decent high-concept chick-flick material.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Classic Sandra Bullock romantic comedy.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A welcome ray of sunshine.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A modern romantic comedy that actually works.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bullock, with her attractive but unglamorous image, gives humanity and a little bit of realism to an otherwise fairytale plot.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Turteltaub wisely plays his strength by giving us extended close-ups of Bullock, who is at once canny and vulnerable, rising above this workmanlike comedy.
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
A cute, throwaway romantic comedy.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If it has no great virtues, at least it has no great faults either.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Predictable at best and just plain dull most of the time.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A few lines, owing to great delivery by terrific actors, raise this a few notches on the comedy scale.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Romantic, sweet without being cloying, and light on its feet.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Interesting twist on the romantic triangle.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
A gem of a movie.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A lighthearted, charming nougat for romantics.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
As this season's gentle, feel-good romantic amusement, it works quite well.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Director Jon Turteltaub's movie is just plain bad.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A bright, charming romance.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room