Sleeper (1973)

In 1973, health-food store owner Miles Monroe (Woody Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles' sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 1973
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Consensus: In Sleeper, Woody Allen's madcap futurist comedy, practically each joke and one-liner hits it target.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

These days, comedy beggars can't be choosers. Woody Allen is about all we've got. And Woody, please stay healthy.

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Derek Elley

The film is loaded with throwaway literacy and broad slapstick, and while it fumbles the end, the parade of verbal and visual amusement is pleasant as long as it lasts.

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Fernando F. Croce

Allen's investigation of a "cosmic screwing" registers Kubrickian sci-fi

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As a stand-up routine it's a scream.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Sleeper is the closest Allen has come to classic slapstick-and-chase comedy, and he's good at it.

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TV Guide

Like most of Allen's movies, this one is better than the box-office receipts would indicate; it still looks good many years after it was shot.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Plenty of one-liners, and it has the best banana-skin joke in film history.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Sleeper is terrific.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The mild comedy antics are zany and the sci-fi parody is mostly pleasant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
like many of allen's early films, sleeper is great for the first hour, tons of laughs and very clever, but it looses a lot of steam at the end. allen was… More
Sam Barnett
"Sleeper" is an earlier Woody Allen comedy, which means it has plenty of one-liner filled dialogue and Chaplin-esque slapstick. While it is a witty… More
Dan Schultz
Half side-splittingly funny, half pretty stupid Woody Allen film concerning a man who awakens after a 200 year coma, and finds out he is wanted by the… More
Chris Weber
This early 70s Woody Allen offering blends together a heavy dose of slapstick, silent movies, neuroses, Jewishness, and sci-fi with the result being one of the… More
Spencer S.
One of the simple instances of Woody Allen making comedies that are grounded in comedy, and not surrealism or human dysfunction. There is just simple ease to… More
xGary Xx
A health food store owner wakes up from cryogenic stasis to find himself 200 years in the future and the unlikely hero of an underground set on toppling the Big… More

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