Sleep Dealer
Sleep Dealer (2009)

Mexico. The near future. Memo Cruz has always dreamed of leaving his tiny village and heading north. But, when he is ultimately forced to leave, Memo finds a future so bizarre--border walls, shantytowns, hi-tech factories, remote control… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sleep Dealer's depth and energy are almost enough to overcome a shaky screenplay and pedestrian acting.

Peter Hartlaub
Houston Chronicle

Sleep Dealer is flawed, but still vibrant and inventive. Whether he finds larger budgets or keeps doing movie like this, Rivera is definitely a filmmaker to follow.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The combination of rusty amateurism, future technology, and clear-and-present politics creates a trippy time-space kick: This dusty little movie feels like yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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David Thomas

what you'll be left with after seeing Sleep Dealer is not a collection of cool scenes so much as a collection of compelling questions about where our world is headed

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Alex Rivera's overstuffed but intriguing feature debut, Sleep Dealer, takes a speculative leap into Tijuana's near future, imagining the next evolution of cheap labor.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Made on the cheap compared to Hollywood flicks, this thrillingly original and heartfelt Mexican film is a truly human story about the impact of technology on individuals and on society.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Clearly, Rivera knows one of the great gifts of the sci-fi genre. An uncanny world invites new ways of seeing. It offers new chances to ask the hard -- and too often, hardened -- questions.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Sleep Dealer is an unusually thoughtful science fiction film, using the speculative energy of the genre to explore some troubling and complex contemporary issues.

Jordan Hoffman

This Sundance hit takes the "jacking in" premise we've seen in everything from Neuromancer to eXistenZ and looks at it from the point of view of third world migrant workers.

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Thomas Johnston
Other than a few cheesy special effects... this was a really good story about a guy willing to really do all he can to help his family and a stranger willing to… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Sleep Dealer," Memo(Luis Fernando Pena) lives in an arid section of Mexico where he and his father(Jose Concepcion Macias)… More