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  • Summary: A woman (Nicole Kidman) wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth). Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 1, 2014
    75
    Before I Go to Sleep emerges as a mystery — one with a slow burn leading to a big payoff. But what keeps the movie going, beyond questions of what is true and what is false, are the issues raised by the illness itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 30, 2014
    70
    If the story is a smidge predictable, at least the movie is pleasingly old-fashioned and grown-up, with a ’90s paranoid-thriller vibe.
  3. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Oct 29, 2014
    60
    Before I Go To Sleep‘s combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent “Gone Girl,” it's hardly a snooze.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Sep 1, 2014
    50
    Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller honors the lurid spirit of the page-turner enough to satisfy fans, but he doesn’t transmute the material into something richer and deeper the way.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 30, 2014
    40
    This dull thriller wastes the potential of Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Sep 10, 2014
    40
    It’s just chilly and uninvolving.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 30, 2014
    0
    Rowan Joffe directed from his own adaptation of a novel by S.J. Watson. If you’re thinking of seeing this turgid turkey, forget it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 7, 2014
    8
    Excellent acting by Nicole Kidman who holds the picture well and I believe she's in every scene. If not, she dominates every scene then. I know a lot of people aren't watching this film, this movie is for people who like Nicole's characters and she's done it again. She also has a body to die for (if that was her naked body in the movie). Naked, she looks 20 years old. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    6
    Nicole Kidman plays a woman with amnesia: she wakes up every morning with no memory of her past. Colin Firth is the patient husband who helps her cope. Inevitably, she begins to discover the truth about what happened, which brings everything into question. Watching her unravel the mystery is interesting, but it happens too slowly. This prevents any real anxiety until the climax. Performances are fine, but the uninspired direction, sluggish pace and somewhat predictable story keep it from developing any tension. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2014
    6
    Few twists and turns, reminded me of Enemy a bit.
    More like a doppelganger, memory focused movie than anything else. It was great at hold
    your attention, building ideas and subsequently crushing your guesses about the plot. I would have preferred focusing on the memory loss subject, rather than the spouse. Colin Firth did good, Nicole Kidman did better.
    In summary, see if you like crime dramas, dramas, or other types of plot-twisty movies. I'd honestly wait for a rental.
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  4. Nov 15, 2014
    5
    Before I Go to Sleep features excellent performances, but a vulnerable storyline that is familiar to greater movies. Overall, it is entertaining, but unmemorable. Expand

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