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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)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: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Jan 30, 2015
    8
    Despite the negative ratings, I watched this movie because I like Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. The film started out really holding myDespite the negative ratings, I watched this movie because I like Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. The film started out really holding my attention and was fascinating and suspenseful. The plot turns kept me guessing and I found it scary and creepy as it progressed. In the end, the plot had a few holes and it didn't come together in a super fulfilling way, but it was worth watching. Expand
  2. 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. IExcellent 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
  3. Jan 17, 2015
    7
    The film wants to be a modern Hitchcock with a Nolan twist and, in some ways, it succeeds. "Before I Go to Sleep" never hits the heights ofThe film wants to be a modern Hitchcock with a Nolan twist and, in some ways, it succeeds. "Before I Go to Sleep" never hits the heights of memory loss films such as "Memento", but it remains highly watchable and well made, with strong performances from the three leads. Does it all hang together? Probably not, but an enjoyable watch anyway. Expand
  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 isBefore I Go to Sleep features excellent performances, but a vulnerable storyline that is familiar to greater movies. Overall, it is entertaining, but unmemorable. Expand
  5. Dec 29, 2014
    2
    An incoherent mess. Before I go to Sleep seem to speed through its story leaving huge holes and nobody explaining what is going on for theAn incoherent mess. Before I go to Sleep seem to speed through its story leaving huge holes and nobody explaining what is going on for the audience. The movie felt like it was made on two days and it shows. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2015
    2
    Before I Go to Sleep tries to be Memento but fails miserably at doing so, with an only apparently convoluted plot which actually leaves tracesBefore I Go to Sleep tries to be Memento but fails miserably at doing so, with an only apparently convoluted plot which actually leaves traces of its conclusion everywhere - so that when the final twist arrives, there's not much left to think but "I knew it". The mediocre production sets the disappointing mood for the as much mediocre performance by Nicole Kidman, and the as much disappointing performance by Colin Firth.

    Also, major, major plot holes throughout and inexplicable character development (a character who should NOT have changed one bit, following plot, is actually shifting towards another person entirely). Not worth the time.
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  7. Dec 29, 2014
    0
    The sheer amount of absurdness in this movie is unforgivable, this is a VERY badly executed thriller that was borrowed from a mediocre novelThe sheer amount of absurdness in this movie is unforgivable, this is a VERY badly executed thriller that was borrowed from a mediocre novel that no one cared about anyway. Naomi Watts gave an even worse performance than Diana! Everyone looked like zombies in this movie, I hated it. Ignore. Expand

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