The Sleepwalker
The Sleepwalker (2014)

Shocking family secrets shatter a woman's quiet country life in this psychosexual thriller. Young couple Kaia (Gitte Witt) and Andrew (Christopher Abbott) spend their days restoring her family's sprawling rural estate. Their peace… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 21, 2014
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

The setup has mysterious promise, but the film cheaps out on a satisfying payoff.

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Violet Lucca
Village Voice

The Sleepwalker distinguishes itself from most entries in this angst-ridden genre by way of superb writing, smoldering performances, and hauntingly beautiful imagery from first-time director Mona Fastvold.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...an assured first feature that seems to announce the arrival of impressive cinematic sensibility.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

With strong assists from the cinematographer Zachary Galler and her ex-husband, the composer Sondre Lerche, Ms. Fastvold, previously a director of music videos, has painted a resonant tableau of dysfunction.

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

None of the characters is particularly likable or admirable, leaving little opportunity for sympathy or curiosity to penetrate the constantly heightened air of psychodrama.

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Jennifer Chang
Under the Radar

If the finale was able to match the suspenseful buildup, the scale might have tipped to make The Sleepwalker a remarkable accomplishment, rather than a letdown.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Among the many unanswered questions, I ask: Where do they find this junk, and where do so many amateurs get the money to finance it?

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Mona Fastvold's consistently intriguing debut may leave audiences feeling it's all buildup and scant payoff.

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Amir Soltani
Movie Mezzanine

In attempting to subvert our expectations of the genre, The Sleepwalker concerns itself with formal details and momentary pleasures that cannot mask the film's regrettable lack of thematic depth.

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