Sleeping with the Enemy
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

In this thriller, the unhappy Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) attempts to escape her miserable marriage and her obsessive, violent husband (Patrick Bergin) by faking a watery death. She travels to a small Southern town and takes on the quiet… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 8, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's the sort of movie where all of the characters and plot moves (if one wants to call them that) are tailored to the thriller mechanics and have no existence apart from their crude functionality.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Julia Roberts, a beauty who can also act, is one of the best things in recent movies. By my count she hasn't made a really good movie yet.

Lesley Thornton
Independent on Sunday

Linda Fiorentino... gives a wisecracking, ball-breaking, riveting performance in John Dahl's The Last Seduction

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Variety Staff

Roberts is terrific in a layered part. Anderson brings an edge to the nice-guy-next-door role, and the dark, dashing Bergin is chillingly twisted.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film begins as an unyielding look at a battered wife, and ends as another one of those thrillers where the villain toys with his victim and the audience.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Spousal-abuse thriller has violence and language.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
Desson Thomson
Washington Post

No one in this movie can be accused of doing his best.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...ultimately undone by a relentless emphasis on obvious and downright laughable elements that'll surely leave even the most ingenuous viewer sporadically rolling their eyes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
One of the first thrillers I saw at the cinema. Julia is brilliant. She stages her own death to get away from her abusive husband but he realises and comes… More
Lady D'arbanville
Not a bad 90?s Thriller, despite my dislike of Julia Roberts in many films. Perhaps not as graphic as such films have now become, but it did portray the fear… More
Bethany Murphy
Really really scary. It's sad how things like this actually happen and the plot was really carefully thought about and written well. Julia Roberts was… More
Film Crazy
okay film really i thought there would be a bit more action though but an ok film
♥Robyn M♥
What happens when a beautiful young woman finds and marries her Prince Charming and he turns out to be a psychotic monster.. The movie, a… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A sad marriage is portrayed with Julia Roberts and her abusive husband. I remember the scenes of the cans in the cupboard vividly. Julia has to fake her own… More