Light Sleeper
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Dafoe completely inhabits the character, appearing in virtually every scene and developing a fascinating psychological profile."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A resonant thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While Dafoe has made a career of looking wasted, and does cynicism better than anyone around, he too is handicapped by his unsympathetic character and Schrader's clumsily unidiomatic script."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Light Sleeper remains a superior picture from one of America's more stimulating filmmakers."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"The movie is smart and sassy and alluring. It's like a gifted impressionist updating his material with wit and brio and respect."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Too often, however, the movie is undone by mood-spoiling flaws, among them a gratingly bad rock song that keeps popping up."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"[A] leisurely paced but ultimately rewarding study of terminal addiction in all its many forms."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Crowd pleasing? No. Challenging? You bet."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It`s a pretty good little movie, not so insignificantly for the performance of Willem Dafoe as the drug delivery man with a desire for a different life."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Willem Dafoe's performance as LeTour is the glue that holds the film together, and it's a remarkable one."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It does develop powerfully the themes of Schrader's earlier work and will not disappoint his fans."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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