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  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 40
    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. show more

  • 70
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Sleeping Beauty is best experienced as a piece of fragmented poetry rather than a strict ideological tract. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    At its simple core, Sleeping Beauty is a perfectly pitched chamber piece about the menace of voluntary oblivion. show more

  • 75
    Michael Nordine Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Sleeping Beauty is one of those self-consciously artsy motion picture that promises more than it delivers. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Movies like Sleeping Beauty are as sensual as cottage cheese, not to mention passé. show more

  • 80
    Anna Smith Empire

    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. show more

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