The Science of Sleep
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Inventive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman into his life. Shy St (C)phane (Gael Garca Bernal) has returned to his childhood hometown to accept a new job. When the prospective employment offer fails to live up to expectations, however, St (C)phane is at least comforted by the close bond he has formed with his creative-thinking neighbor St (C)phanie (Charlotte… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"In the moment, Gondry and Bernal almost manage to give quirky a good name."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's all very cosmopolitan (the dialogue is English, French and Spanish), very independent, a wee bit juvenile and very confusing, of course. But The Science of Sleep is also remarkably magical and desperately romantic beneath it all."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A nightmare"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A visual treat from beginning to end."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The movie plays like an exhausted hallucination, disjointed and frustrating, much of it owing to the lack of chemistry Gondry allows between his stars."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The whimsy Gondry whips up soon goes wispy as we wait in vain for all this sweet-natured silliness to reveal a meaning that isn't transparently obvious."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The Science Of Sleep is truly a delight at times, a startlingly original piece of work that's not as accessible as Eternal Sunshine but is every bit as magnificent when in full flow."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"It's not that The Science of Sleep is a terrible film. It's not. It's just that it doesn't operate properly and there's nothing worse than seeing a film in which obvious design and potential is ultimately unfulfilled."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"A wondrously baffling jigsaw puzzle where dreams and reality struggle to find a fit, The Science of Sleep is the dream you wish you could have, if you could only remember it"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"In the end, after your time with it, you'll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonderment and mischievous sense of humor."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Gondry's creative breeze of a movie is fun while it lasts, and that's more than you can say about a whole lot of movies."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"It's kind of weird and very French, but don't let that scare you. The Science of Sleep is well worth your time."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Something like a Luis Bunuel film, but with politics replaced by fashion. It is, essentially, a hipster wet dream."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"A creative, original work by a filmmaker with a fantastic visual flair who refuses to stick to any typical cinematic patterns, even if it's sometimes to a fault."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
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