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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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 heart. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    A visual masterpiece that powerfully explores male cruelty, too. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. [18 October 1996, p.1D] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 morality it pretends to be about. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Barry Levinson's filmmaking style is often imaginative. The story contains horrific scenes of sexual torture as well as sadistic killings and other disturbing material, though. show more

  • 30
    TV Guide

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

  • 40
    Steve Davis Austin Chronicle

    Somewhat byzantine in execution and confusing in its logic, the film's second half never achieves the catharsis you'd expect. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    By the end, the main thing that's been abused is the audience's intelligence. show more

  • January 22, 2012 binky1928
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    Terrific TRUE story w Awesome cast ! YES these things DO happen in Reform school, Jails, Catholic HS\'s MUST see movie!!! ALL are at their best! Just look at PENN ST coaches and Know thisstory is TRUE !

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