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SleepersAfter a prank goes disastrously wrong, four teenage friends from Hell's Kitchen end up being sent to reform school after almost killing a man. There, they are brutalized; and over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.
Actors of "Sleepers"
Characters of "Sleepers"
Directors of "Sleepers"Barry LevinsonBirthdate: 6 April 1942, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Creators of "Sleepers"Lorenzo CarcaterraBirthdate: 16 October 1954, New York City, New York, USABarry LevinsonBirthdate: 6 April 1942, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Critic Reviews of "Sleepers"TIME MagazineAugust 14, 2009
It is all legally preposterous. But Levinson is a slick craftsman, his actors are insinuatingly real, and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus casts a disarmingly believable light on these proceedings.VarietyJune 24, 2008
If audiences aren't bothered by this disturbing subtext, there's a lot to enjoy in this impeccably structured, handsomely produced saga.Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
Levinson has done nothing to sift the half-truths from the melodrama...San Francisco ChronicleJune 18, 2002
At times the images are agonizing to behold, men in their most desperate, hateful depths preying on children. The film, exceptional on many counts, ultimately is sad in a hopeless, haunting way.Rolling StoneMay 12, 2001
Idealized? You bet. That's why the loss of this world must be avenged with the same broad strokes that you'd expect from the Count of Monte Cristo.Los Angeles TimesFebruary 14, 2001
In craft terms alone, Sleepers is considerably better than average filmmaking, but it's difficult to take this film as seriously as it takes itself.Ozus' World Movie ReviewsApril 27, 2015
It plays out as a stylish and lurid amoral vigilante thriller, one that never earns the viewer's confidence that this is the real thing.Cinema CrazedNovember 13, 2013
Views the gray tones of good and evil and what lengths people are willing to go through to re-claim the dignity they lost as children.Movie MetropolisAugust 16, 2011
...it's more than a bit disconcerting to see how the narrative makes serious wrongdoers sympathetic. Therefore, a qualified success.Groucho ReviewsAugust 02, 2011
Despite it all, just try to take your eyes off this movie: skillfully crafted by Levinson, Sleepers is eminently watchable, deeply emotional, and populated with top acting talent. [Blu-ray]Common Sense MediaJanuary 01, 2011
Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.EmanuelLevy.ComAugust 23, 2009
Boasting a glorious multi-generational cast (De Niro, Hoffman, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric), Levinson's tale of sexual abuse and revenge is just decent, lacking dramatic energy and relying too much on voice-over narration and conventional courtroom procedures
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