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  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Breillat, seemingly inspired as much by C.S. Lewis and Hans Christian Andersen as by original author Charles Perrault, doesn't really make the most of her subversive premise. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Breillat manages to give us a lush, quiet spectacle with The Sleeping Beauty. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    At its best, The Sleeping Beauty reclaims fairy tales as a kind of oral folk REM state, chewing over anxieties about adulthood, behavior, sex, and belonging in potent symbolic form. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    This film is no fairy tale for children. Not only does it contain nudity and sex, both straight and lesbian, but it also presents childhood as a time of terror. show more

  • 25
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    Judging from The Sleeping Beauty, and the previous "Bluebeard," the provocations stop with the choice of the material, as the tone and style of these films are jarringly well-behaved. show more

  • 50
    Ed Schied Boxoffice Magazine

    The Sleeping Beauty lacks either the dramatic intensity or the sexual frankness that drew attention to her previous films "Fat Girl" and "The Last Mistress." show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Breillat, as always, goes her own way, but her impressionistic scenes barely cohere, even at this brief running time. show more

  • 91
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Following 2009's "Bluebeard," French filmmaker Catherine Breillat continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairy tales and the female condition. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    One could argue that, in varying degrees, all of the iconoclastic French director's films have dismantled femme-centric fairy tales. But in this, the second of a planned trilogy, she's confronting burnished old folk tales head-on. Sly and playful, it's a beauty. show more

  • 70
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Though The Sleeping Beauty ends ambiguously, it remains consistent with the logic that Breillat has laid out: A girl's childhood and adolescence are often culturally sanctioned confinements. But the prisoners aren't always victims; the jails can be escaped through the courage to "go alone into the world." show more

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