The Perfect Sleep
The Perfect Sleep (2008)

After a 10 year absence a man returns to his home town to protect the woman he loves from their mutual enemy who seeks to finally end a long standing war between their families.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are shadows on top of shadows. It's the film noir universe, all right. What does the title refer to? Perhaps to what you will enjoy during the film.

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out

Alter's film is a rare pleasure.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

might not strictly be novel, or original, or even entertaining - but it cuts to something quintessential about cinema, as if to say: with visuals like these, what does it matter?

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Easy on the eyes but brutal on the ears, The Perfect Sleep fuses Shakespearean tragedy and noir iconography into a strange, lovely, leaden ball of confusion.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Style significantly trumps substance in The Perfect Sleep, a good-looking but convoluted homage to film noir, Russian literature and Shakespearean tragedy, among a few too many other things.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Well-directed with exquisite visuals, but suffers from an often dull, convoluted and confusing plot as well as too much style over substance.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The disjointed story is no more comprehensible than The Big Sleep. Though Alter is no Howard Hawks and Pardoe and Sanchez are no Bogie and Bacall, this movie looks great. You won't nap through The Perfect Sleep.

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Andrew Barker

Unfortunately, Alter's often inventive work is kneecapped by a deliriously nonsensical script, which misses the mark as both over-the-top parody and straight-faced homage, and could have been intended as either.

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Prairie Miller

Nothing makes much sense in this ridiculously high minded narrative, but the emptiness is brimming with intensity and attitude, along with some inspired night vision footage and dialogue delivered as over the top self-serious soundbites.

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Dead Angel
Is this suppose to be funny? Lame.