Light Sleeper
Light Sleeper (1992)

Paul Schrader's brilliant study of another alienated urban denizen skirting the borderline of madness stars Willem Dafoe as John Le Tour, a rich, upscale drug dealer for Manhattan professionals -- "White drugs for white… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: December 29, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Light Sleeper requires patience, but delivers commensurate rewards -- and boasts an absorbing performance from Willem Dafoe.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Light Sleeper is emblematic of an era, and is recommended on that basis and on the excellent quality of it acting.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Dafoe completely inhabits the character, appearing in virtually every scene and developing a fascinating psychological profile.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A resonant thriller.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

It's a failure perhaps, but an honorable failure. If it isn't saved by grace, it has many saving graces.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

For all of Schrader's capacity for spectacular self-laceration and spiritual agony, Light Sleeper finds him able for the first time to express a certain peacefulness, and the effect is delicate and discreet.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie is smart and sassy and alluring. It's like a gifted impressionist updating his material with wit and brio and respect.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

With his deliberate speech patterns and haunted, reptilian good looks, Dafoe is an almost nobly sad presence at the center of the film. There's something wonderfully calm about his performance, and it holds Light Sleeper together.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Crowd pleasing? No. Challenging? You bet.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It`s a pretty good little movie, not so insignificantly for the performance of Willem Dafoe as the drug delivery man with a desire for a different life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie is okay. I liked Sarandon the best in the cast, she's such a great actress. The story is alright, but nothing really new, it's sort of… More
Anthony Valletta
Lifted by great cast.
Brian R
If you liked watching "Taxi Driver" then Paul Scharder's film "Light Sleeper" is for you. This is one of Schrader's best films and… More
Christopher Brown
Great, realistic film on the life of a drug dealer. Schrader excels at character studies and this film is no exception.
Stephen Earnest
An in-depth character study, much like most of Paul Schrader's other work. The real talent here is Willem Dafoe, who carries most of the film with his… More