• Released
  • December 2, 2011
  • (Limited 12/2)
  • NR , 1 hr 15 min
  • Art House/Foreign


By Anna Smith
This will divide audiences as much as "The Tree Of Life," but it's a brave and beautiful calling card for both filmmaker and star. Drink it up, sit back and think of a very different Australia.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.
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Slant Magazine

By Michael Nordine
Julia Leigh's take on the fairy tale is a study in detachment and unspoken dissatisfaction, traits that imbue the proceedings with a barely-contained sexual energy lurking beneath a thin veneer of calm.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
At its simple core, Sleeping Beauty is a perfectly pitched chamber piece about the menace of voluntary oblivion.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Sleeping Beauty is best experienced as a piece of fragmented poetry rather than a strict ideological tract.
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By Ian Buckwalter
Leigh, a novelist making her cinematic debut here, directs with a cold and distancing eye. Sleeping Beauty has the deliberate grace of Kubrick, and while comparisons to the sex parties of "Eyes Wide Shut" are inevitable, Leigh's approach is even more sexless and sterile than the master's.
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By James Berardinelli
Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers.
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The Hollywood Reporter

While this psychosexual twaddle will no doubt have its admirers, it seems a long shot to attract a significant following or herald the arrival of a director to watch.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Movies like Sleeping Beauty are as sensual as cottage cheese, not to mention passé.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
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57 out of 100
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