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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a feel-good deal you can take the whole family to, or even better, a date. And this almost cuddly film, built on a farfetched case of mistaken identity, delivers plenty of fun. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    A romantic comedy has to woo an audience into taking a chance on love. While You Were Sleeping is that kind of sneaky charmer, more riveting than ribbit-ing. [21 Apr 1995, Pg.01.D] show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    But Turteltaub surprises us. He has the kind of unerring comic touch - easily able to carry his audience from smart dialogue to heart-tugging emotion to something awfully close to slapstick - that should serve the movie world well. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's a feel-good film, warm and good-hearted, and as it was heading for its happy ending, I was still a little astonished how much I was enjoying it. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    While You Were Sleeping is a mild romantic comedy rooted in class anxiety, but it's nice to see perennial loser-in-love Pullman ("Sleepless in Seattle", "The Last Seduction") get some. Respect, that is. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The plot runs out of steam just past the one-hour mark and the charade, although necessary to the story, goes on for too long. The ending is, of course, the requisite happy one, but it seems a little anticlimactic. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    In general, the script is just slightly above sitcom level, but a few lines, owing to great delivery by terrific actors, raise this a few notches on the comedy scale. show more

  • 80

    Bullock is a delight, disarmingly kooky, pleasing to look at, and - as she has previously proved - a gifted comedic actress. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It's charming, in its own little way, but really, this film has as much substance as a Cirrus cloud, despite fine turns from Boyle as the family patriarch and Warden as Godfather Saul. show more

  • 67
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Only when you look closer do you realize that While You Were Sleeping exhibits precious few genuine feelings. It's a movie cranked out by machine, about supposedly delightfully idiosyncratic characters who only do what they do because the highly structured plot requires it. show more

  • March 03, 2014 loiselish
    Report This User

    Loved this movie...Sandra at her best. Made in days before The "F" . How refreshing!!

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