Sleeping with the Enemy
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Hot off her success in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts starred in this thriller about a battered wife stalked by her abusive husband. Roberts plays Laura Burney, the wife of a rich investment counselor, Martin (Patrick Bergin). Martin appreciates his wife as a trophy, but at home he abuses her for not keeping the house as clean as he would like it. The verbal abuse descends into physical violence --so much so that Laura decides to disappear rather than live a life under Martin as a brutalized slave. Laura fakes her own death by drowning, and relocates to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she changes her… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

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"It's the sort of movie where all of the characters and plot moves (if one wants to call them that) are tailored to the thriller mechanics and have no existence apart from their crude functionality."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...ultimately undone by a relentless emphasis on obvious and downright laughable elements that'll surely leave even the most ingenuous viewer sporadically rolling their eyes."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Moral: Never marry anyone who finds 'Symphony Fantastique' erotic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An OK thriller with some terrific ideas and a storyline that progresses well much of the way but lacks originality and character depth."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Roberts is terrific in a layered part. Anderson brings an edge to the nice-guy-next-door role, and the dark, dashing Bergin is chillingly twisted."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film begins as an unyielding look at a battered wife, and ends as another one of those thrillers where the villain toys with his victim and the audience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sleeping With the Enemy teeters constantly on the verge of silliness but director Joseph Ruben keeps the cornball melodrama scaled down to a pleasant lull."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The story goes by the numbers."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"No one in this movie can be accused of doing his best."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"a testament to Roberts' early star power and little else."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"A patently silly, uninteresting thriller that's devoid of surprises."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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