To Sleep With Anger
To Sleep With Anger (1990)

The life of a middle-class black family in Los Angeles is disrupted by the arrival of an old friend from back South in this layered drama. Initially a charming reminder of their past, the visitor soon comes to seems increasingly sinister as… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 13, 1991
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a very entertaining, complex film, a comedy of unusual substance that also manages to keep the audience in suspense as to when the comedy might dissolve into some kind of vicious melodrama.

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Matt Prigge

Subtle and quietly powerful - partly novelistic, partly poetic

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Though it's extremely slow going at times, "To Sleep With Anger" offers a universal look at familial dynamics, articulated from a uniquely black, warmly poetic perspective.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Charles Burnett bridges theatrical dialogue, portentous omens, and presentational acting with masterful grace.

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Mark Kermode
Time Out

Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Burnett's acute and sensitive direction is free of hackneyed movie conventions; even something as simple as a hello is said differently from the way you've heard it in any other movie.

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Emanuel Levy

If Killer of Sheep is Burnett's masterpiece, this film, an odd combination of drama, comedy, and irony, well-acted by Danny Glover, is his most accessible picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Didn't do it for me. I don't blame Glover who has been marvellous in other films. It's hard to blame Burnett either after the wonderful work that… More