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Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Hopper, Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb, and Deborra-Lee Furness star in a family drama detailing the efforts made by an 12-year-old girl to come to terms with her mother's abandonment. Tara's (Robb) mother, Joleen (Theron), just can't seem to get her life together. Her boyfriend has recently been arrested for growing marijuana, and rather than attempting to create a stable living environment for her daughter, Joleen instead places Tara in foster care before vanishing without a trace. Joleen's brother, James (Stahl), isn't exactly the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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"The movie seems unusually honest in portraying the no-option existence of the working poor, but the story slips into melodrama in the last reel."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Portentous and dull, the film features one of the worst over-the-top performances by Dennis Hopper, who plays an abusive father. His role upends what could have been a mildly interesting family drama."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"William Maher's melodrama is much too grim and bleak for even the most cynical viewer to enjoy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you enjoyed MONSTER'S BALL (it's not as good as that one however), you might find yourself pulled in by this moving drama."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Sleepwalking seems especially cruel to dwell on the bleak and cold at this time of year, when icy drizzle saturates the bones."
‑ Graham Killeen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It's a film of mood -- and the mood is perfectly captured."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Saddled with a title all too true to its somnambulist pace, Sleepwalking is a textbook case of a bad movie partially redeemed by good acting."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Each bend in the road positively screeches with the urgency of impending catharsis, but the film never earns its resolution."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"The let's-take-a-road-trip method of character healing has been done to death, but unlike Little Miss Sunshine, James & Tara are made up of more than just cute quirks."
‑ Michael Dance, The Cinema Source
"...a lifeless movie about uninteresting people."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Sleepwalking provides character arcs for its two protagonists but neither is as interesting or memorable as the performances warrant."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Sleepwalking is a slow-moving family drama guaranteed to induce a nap if not somnambulism."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Taking its cue from the tabloids, this is yet another addition to that tacky category of scandal sheet cinema. Why do celebrities with charmed Hollywood lives imagine everyday people as a bunch of sleazy or dimwitted degenerates, misfits and assassins."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Theron sneaks out the door roughly 1/2 an hour into the picture. What is the movie to do without her energy?"
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"Stylistically strange, sluggish and ultimately unsatisfying domestic drama."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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