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In 1973, health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles' sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother's body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a "brave new world" of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientists -- actually a group of revolutionary activists -- are overpowered by the leader's police. He eludes the cops by… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"These days, comedy beggars can't be choosers. Woody Allen is about all we've got. And Woody, please stay healthy."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The film is loaded with throwaway literacy and broad slapstick, and while it fumbles the end, the parade of verbal and visual amusement is pleasant as long as it lasts."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Allen's investigation of a "cosmic screwing" registers Kubrickian sci-fi"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Chaos is a bullet that rips through "Sleeper," which helps to make it the silly, freakish hit that it is."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Slapstick is still alive in Allen's futuristic vision in which the auteur awakes to a world comically set 200 years in the future."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"As a stand-up routine it's a scream."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Sleeper is the closest Allen has come to classic slapstick-and-chase comedy, and he's good at it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like most of Allen's movies, this one is better than the box-office receipts would indicate; it still looks good many years after it was shot."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pound for pound and minute for minute, Sleeper may just have more laughs in it than any other Woody Allen movie."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Easily Woody's funniest film. A comic classic."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"Plenty of one-liners, and it has the best banana-skin joke in film history."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Sleeper is terrific."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The mild comedy antics are zany and the sci-fi parody is mostly pleasant."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Good early Allen just before he became great."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A great work of comic art."
‑ Ted Prigge,
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