• Released
  • January 24, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Drama
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The Sleepy Time Gal Synopsis
A dying writer (Jacqueline Bisset) hopes to contact her estranged daughter (Martha Plimpton) .
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Months after seeing this, I still feel I know most of these people as if they were old friends.
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90

Village Voice

By Dennis Lim
Münch's characters are given to a certain rapt, unwieldy thoughtfulness, and accordingly, his films cultivate a mood of almost...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Munch's screenplay is tenderly observant of his characters. He watches them as they float within the seas of their personalities. His...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A smooth, elegiac mood piece.
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75

Boston Globe

Stunning performances help make The Sleepy Time Gal a thoughtful, moving piece that faces difficult issues with honesty and beauty.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Playing a role of almost Bergmanesque intensity -- a tough, lonely woman dying of cancer as she examines her past -- Bisset is both...
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Excellent performances from Jacqueline Bisset and Martha Plimpton grace this deeply touching melodrama.
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70

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Bisset throws herself into what is by far the most emotionally demanding role of her career and emerges honorably.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Too-convenient coincidences hurt the movie's credibility. A melodramatic script best left to cable TV doesn't help, either.
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Rated R | For language and brief nudity