The Science of Sleep
The Science of Sleep (2006)

Inventive Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2007
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lovely and diffuse, Sleep isn't as immediately absorbing as Gondry's previous work, but its messy beauty is its own reward.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

In the moment, Gondry and Bernal almost manage to give quirky a good name.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's all very cosmopolitan (the dialogue is English, French and Spanish), very independent, a wee bit juvenile and very confusing, of course. But The Science of Sleep is also remarkably magical and desperately romantic beneath it all.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

More amazing work from Gondry. If you're interested in a basic narrative, look away; if you prize inventive filmmaking, don't miss it.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The movie plays like an exhausted hallucination, disjointed and frustrating, much of it owing to the lack of chemistry Gondry allows between his stars.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

The whimsy Gondry whips up soon goes wispy as we wait in vain for all this sweet-natured silliness to reveal a meaning that isn't transparently obvious.

Ali Gray

The Science Of Sleep is truly a delight at times, a startlingly original piece of work that's not as accessible as Eternal Sunshine but is every bit as magnificent when in full flow.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

In the end, after your time with it, you'll recall it with a smile, remembering its childish wonderment and mischievous sense of humor.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Gondry's creative breeze of a movie is fun while it lasts, and that's more than you can say about a whole lot of movies.

Joshua Starnes

It's kind of weird and very French, but don't let that scare you. The Science of Sleep is well worth your time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Romantic and hysterical! Very clever dream world of sock animals and cellophane seas. Gael García Bernal is awkwardly naive, and Charlotte Gainsbourg is… More
Veronique Kwak
it's probably one of the most boring movies i've ever seen. i even booked preserved ticket to watch it in the theater, but it was so dull that i just… More
Carlos Magalhães
Gondry has a thing for visual inventiveness but his self-indulgent, driftless narrative has dream sequences that don't feel dreamlike at all and only grows… More
Thomas Bowler
Strange yet moving with a great performance from Bernal. Full review later.
Jens S.
What starts out maybe a tad too weird and quirky in the first few minutes soon creates its own odd little charming story of a man who loves to dream but… More
Jameson Worley
I really liked this movie! It's smart, funny, unique, creative,'s definitely one of the most unique films I have seen in a while. I… More