While You Were Sleeping
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While You Were Sleeping
This offbeat romantic comedy has some rather dark underpinnings that add, rather than detract from the fun. It is the story of Lucy, an extremely lonely young woman who works as a toll-taker for the Chicago Transit Authority. She is secretly in love with a handsome stranger in a camel-hair coat who passes by her every day but never even says hello to her. Just before Christmas, she is at work when she sees her "love" pushed, mugged and shoved off the train platform. Without hesitation she leaps down to pull the unconscious fellow out of the path of a speeding train. Later in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Bullock] knows one of the secrets of doing romantic comedy: treating the romance as a good joke."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A cute premise with engaging leads but little else to keep you awake."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"The movie seems better suited to a holiday release. While You Were Sleeping arrives at the peak of spring, the only season that can make Christmas seem like an unwelcome visitor."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"It's a long and frustrating wait, but While You Were Sleeping delivers all you can ask of a romantic comedy: the deluxe payoff."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"This year's Sleepless In Seattle. Only better."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Compared to While You Were Sleeping, even the half-baked scenario of the Marisa Tomei-Robert Downey Jr. romance Only You looks witty and inventive."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It plays like a movie dreamed up by people in a studio marketing department who'd decided to bare their souls."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"While You Were Sleeping may not be a film for the ages. It likely won't even rank among the presummer season's biggest hits. But it is worth noting, for it may mark the birth of a star."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"What the movie does offer is a delectable performance by Bullock, who is funny and vulnerable and almost makes you buy her character's diving into this charade."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Appealing family comedy with old-fashioned feel."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"It's Bullock's first shot at a role in which she plays second fiddle neither to males nor special effects. And she turns out to be every bit as delightful as anyone might have expected."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Bullock just about knocks herself exhausted being winsome and lovable."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"This setup is ludicrous, but actually it's the most credible thing in this whole sorry, dishonest film."
‑ Chauncey Mabe, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This smartly scripted Cinderella love story is crammed with charm and the expert direction of Jon Turteltaub hits all the right emotional buttons."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"This appealing romantic comedy catapulted the ever-likeable sandra Bullock into major stardom"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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