Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 2, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sleeping Beauty's provocative premise and luminous art design is hampered by a clinical, remote presentation, delivering boredom and shock in equal measure.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Eros snores.

Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

It's difficult to fault the film's artistry and its originality.

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Rafer Guzman

A fascinating, erotically charged mystery.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore.

Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

[The] movie trades in ambiguity and uncomfortable awkwardness, the often hypnotising trance it emits is a fascinating sight to witness.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Even if the film's final chapter seems far too on point, if not glib, the filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An empty and pretentious film that fails by not providing any depth into its character, thus leaving her actions and motivations as a complete mystery from… More
Manu Gino
A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires. Total waste of time. It will more likely… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
This film accomplishes nothing other than unnecessarily disturbing the viewer. If there were any larger messages the film carries, they are lost in its… More
Drew Smith
Sleeping Beauty is the kind of film destined for just about every hollow criticism that can conceivably be levied at an art house film - exploitative,… More
Wildaly M
I fell asleep halfway through the first time I saw it.
Markus Robinson
Um wow...first let me preface this review by saying that this is not your mom's "Sleeping Beauty". And what I mean by that is to say that this… More