Sleepless in Seattle
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It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and dreaming of during this season of hope. A little boy, who is tuned in from Seattle calls in his wish, a new wife for his father who has been widowed for a year and a half. Meanwhile, all the way across the country, punching buttons on her car radio as she drives from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., Annie Reed hears Jonah and is immediately captivated by him and his selfless Christmas wish. Jonah and his dad are immediately besieged by countless letters from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's easily the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A movie to which director and co-writer Nora Ephron brought her terrific flair, wit and nous, although she propagates the terrifying fallacy that a widower makes a wonderful romantic catch."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"So overrated."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Seems too precalculated to be charming and magical, and consequently ends up being overly cute."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"If one can ignore all the straining for lightness here, this is watchable enough, though hardly anything resembling a tearjerker."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The schmaltzy soundtrack is overdone, but cameraman Sven Nykvist wraps it all up in an appropriately warm glow."
‑ , Time Out
"A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Like most of Ephron's work, this one is shallow and contrived, but it stars two of America's most likable stars, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[T]he epitome of the modern romantic comedy..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Ephron and fellow writers Jeff Arch and David S. Ward have conspired to make Sleepless in Seattle as purposefully schmaltzy as one can imagine, in a manner that's almost cynical."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle is a feather-light romantic comedy about two lovers who meet for the first time in the last reel. It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A romantic treat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Sure it's contrived, but what a great romantic weeper."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Better than you might expect, but it"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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