Sleeping Beauty
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Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions of her various menial jobs that fund her studies. One day she answers an ad in the student newspaper and interviews for a job to be a lingerie waitress. But she is secretly being initiated into a world of strange new work; one where she will have to give into absolute submission to her clients by being sedated; becoming a Sleeping Beauty. Eventually this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable..."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Eros snores."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"It's so sterile and clinical and emotionless that making a film about the emotionlessness of sex has become more of a cliche than just good ole Cinemax softcore porn."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Juggling moments of pitch black humour and disturbingly tense scenes of abuse, Sleeping Beauty has a queasy, mismatched tone that underscores an uneven, elliptical movie."
‑ Ali Gray,
"A fascinating, erotically charged mystery."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"She spends much of the movie baring her fascinatingly underdeveloped body; her vagina is her temple. There's no graphic sex, but its intimations are anything but sexy."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Comically pretentious and unreasonably slow..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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
"Even if the film's final chapter seems far too on point, if not glib, the filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Wallows in the mud as a sicko exploitation pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sleeping Beauty is an atmospheric gem which intrigues and delivers in almost every scene"
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
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