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Sleep Dealer

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexuality.

PG-13 In Theaters 04/17/2009 , 90min.
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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. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
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. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Haunting ideas and efficient storytelling, but director-cowriter Alex Rivera needed to fine-tune a bit more. Full Review
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. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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. Full Review

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