Sleepers Synopsis
A reporter and a DA help pals who killed a sadistic guard (Kevin Bacon) .
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Sleepers, for all the doubts it raises, is the work of a man who speaks for absent friends and "for the children we were." It's his secret...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
A visual masterpiece that powerfully explores male cruelty, too.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
As entertainment, the movie functions successfully. But I don't believe the story is true--not true to the facts, and not true to the...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. [18 October 1996, p.1D]
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
By the end, the main thing that's been abused is the audience's intelligence.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Somewhat byzantine in execution and confusing in its logic, the film's second half never achieves the catharsis you'd expect.
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30

TV Guide

The dullest movie ever made about child abuse, conspiracy and murder.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Barry Levinson's filmmaking style is often imaginative. The story contains horrific scenes of sexual torture as well as sadistic killings...
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Very Intense

By janggenadry
I just love this movie. I watch it every time it is on. As a matter of fact I think that I am going to buy this movie. The acting is great, it is so intense that you do not even want to get up to...

One of those movies!

By lovestalentmoviefan
Two films i have seen within a couple week period years ago were intrinsically wrenching for me and haunt me when i consider some of the evil humans are capable of wreaking on others for no...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.
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