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Reviews: Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

before_i_go_to_sleepReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Flojito thriller de Rowan Joffe que ahoga sus posibilidades tras un arranque bastante sugerente. El trío central parece sumido en la confusión general de una película narrativamente pantanosa, llena de trampas y con pocos giros efectivos.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: It’s a dopey premise that makes little use of an exceptional cast of actors, and falls completely apart when you realize that none of it makes any sense.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Movie Mezzanine
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep isn’t merely bad cheese, it’s Limburger.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The point is to make us distrust everyone and everything that everyone says. It works a little too well, because we end up distrusting the movie as a whole.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep’ Is A Suspenseful Ride Through The Twists And Turns Of Nicole Kidman’s Mind
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Stylish and suspenseful – like ‘Gone Girl,’ it belongs in a new sub-genre labelled ‘marriage thriller.’
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: When it finally collapses under the weight of its own preposterousness, this would-be elegant thriller becomes a cheap retrograde melodrama.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep does little to redefine the psychological thriller genre but still offers an intriguing central mystery that should keep viewers guessing.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep eventually goes off the rails as an exercise in manipulation with a “Sleeping with the Enemy”-like climax and a treacly, unearned epilogue.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Watching this movie is the intellectual equivalent to watching paint dry. But at the end of the day, the stylishly silly ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ is too bland to get worked up about it.
  • [New – 4/30/15] | João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Nicole Kidman is Amazing, but “Before I Go To Sleep” is just to boring to surprise anyone
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Before I Go to Sleep is a terrible movie, but it’s also a highly entertaining one: this positively idiotic thriller – which is basically Memento told in chronological order – gets sillier and sillier as it goes along, up to the point where I was struggling (and failing) to contain my laughter. It requires so much suspension of disbelief that it might as well require the viewer to have amnesia, too.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Comparisons with the better, more effective thriller, Gone Girl, are unavoidable. But taken on its own, Before I Go to Sleep should satisfy most movie-goers, even if it becomes quickly forgotten by morning.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A lethargic, very silly would-be thriller…featur[ing] scenes of abuse that are extremely nasty and protracted.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A lot of emotion but not enough screenplay to keep things moving even for the spare 92 minute run time.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:30 pm

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