Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Far more worth seeing than most of what's out there.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The freshness and ingenuity of this techno-thriller should spark a cult following among sci-fi fans at the very least, but the film could make inroads among cineastes, adult adventure-seekers and the Latino community as well.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
The plot of Sleep Dealer is a bit thin, and the performances are earnest and dutiful. But there is sufficient ingenuity in the film’s main ideas to hold your attention, and the political implications of the allegorical story are at once obvious and subtle.
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By Justin Chang
Despite some clever virtual-reality concepts and projections about the next frontier of globalization, Alex Rivera's ambitious directing debut lacks the vision, or the budget, to pull off its fusion of sci-fi and aspirational saga.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Haunting ideas and efficient storytelling, but director-cowriter Alex Rivera needed to fine-tune a bit more.
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Village Voice

Science fiction easily lends itself to allegory, but while the dystopian near-future of co-writer/director Alex Rivera's feature debut focuses, admirably, on how globalization affects the third world, his ideas are as subtle as a light saber to the face.
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59 out of 100
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