The Perfect Sleep
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After a 10 year absence a man returns to his home town to protect the woman he loves from their mutual enemy who seeks to finally end a long standing war between their families.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are shadows on top of shadows. It's the film noir universe, all right. What does the title refer to? Perhaps to what you will enjoy during the film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Alter's film is a rare pleasure."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"might not strictly be novel, or original, or even entertaining - but it cuts to something quintessential about cinema, as if to say: with visuals like these, what does it matter?"
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The Perfect Sleep is an empty homage to a bygone genre."
‑ Henry Stewart, Slant Magazine
"Easy on the eyes but brutal on the ears, The Perfect Sleep fuses Shakespearean tragedy and noir iconography into a strange, lovely, leaden ball of confusion."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Style significantly trumps substance in The Perfect Sleep, a good-looking but convoluted homage to film noir, Russian literature and Shakespearean tragedy, among a few too many other things."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Well-directed with exquisite visuals, but suffers from an often dull, convoluted and confusing plot as well as too much style over substance."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"An undeniably odd mixture of 80% noir, 15% action, and 5% random homage. I dug it."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
"The disjointed story is no more comprehensible than The Big Sleep. Though Alter is no Howard Hawks and Pardoe and Sanchez are no Bogie and Bacall, this movie looks great. You won't nap through The Perfect Sleep."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Unfortunately, Alter's often inventive work is kneecapped by a deliriously nonsensical script, which misses the mark as both over-the-top parody and straight-faced homage, and could have been intended as either."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"Nothing makes much sense in this ridiculously high minded narrative, but the emptiness is brimming with intensity and attitude, along with some inspired night vision footage and dialogue delivered as over the top self-serious soundbites."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The well-chosen supporting cast also deliver with especially sharp turns from Sanchez, Bauchau and Amendola who act this script as if it were Shakespeare."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
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