Sleepwalking (2008) - Drama

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The drama follows a twelve-year-old girl's struggle to come to terms with her mother's abandonment.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: Bill Maher
Stars: Charlize Theron, Nick Stahl
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 9 out of 30 found boring (30%)

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It's just plain boring.

Charlize Theron convincingly inhabits another fascinating character from the seamy side, showing glowing embers of yearning that burst into passion.

It goes from dry, depressing, dark and pointless to even more of the same.

sad and intense movie .

And, even more unfortunately, it is very slow.

The story is subtly layered and the dialogues are intriguing.

It's certainly a slow movie, but slowness is necessary to offer the right insight into the characters and to let the viewer enter the right atmosphere.

The movie is pointless, too slow and boring.

She is wonderfully interpreted by AnnaSophia Robb, featuring very mature and intense acting.

When they finally arrive to the farm it turns out to be a hellish location set specifically for the all too predictable climax.

Joleen (Theron, who also produced) is a down-on-her luck type who is going nowhere fast.

As a whole, a sad and heavy movie, about the intolerable hardships of life, but the actors' and the director's commitment make it an intense, realistic and never pedantic picture.

Then when James, a rather "dull" person, loses his menial job, and already 60 days behind on his rent, they have to look for even more drastic solutions.

I'm honestly trying to think of a positive but I'm just coming up empty.

This movie, as my poor, unsuspecting "nightmare"/sleepwalking viewing partner summed it up, is "Pointless.

The pacing of this movie is a little slow.

Stupid & Pointless.

Director William Mahr and cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia really know how to extract the essence of a locale for mood and effect, making the bleak landscape and stark setting integral elements in the drama - an effect greatly enhanced by Christopher Young's rich and evocative acoustic-flavored score.

The story is terribly predictable.

This is a mood piece and can become depressing if the viewer expects resolution of the sad and empty lives the characters lead.


Bill Maher's 'Sleepwalking' starts off slow and I initially got the impression that this would be another one of those films that isn't really going anywhere.

Watch this movie only if you suffer insomnia.

The duo completely steal the spotlight in this film, and light it up in spite of its script and slow pace.

New director William Maher and writer Zac Stanford previously worked together in THE CHUMSCRUBBER and the similarity of vision is apparent in SLEEPWALKING: both films deal with the empty shells of hollow people aimlessly seeking connection in a world that has become foreign territory.

It was a Dreadful waste of time.

His character is very inert in contrast to the more intriguing Charlize Theron.

The couple share many scenes together, and, although their conversations are inconclusive for the most part, the chemistry between the pair is enough to be engaging.

In the process Jolene and Tara wind up staying with James (a stunning Nick Stahl), Jolene's brother and Tara's uncle.

This is a movie about coming of age.

I loved the characters and the performances (Especially Robb and Stahl), but like the ratings that you've read throughout the web, it was just barely enough to carry the weight of a bland and predictable story.

Overall, Sleepwalking as a very bland film that could've much more if it had stayed more focused and less cliché at parts.