I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

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56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics What's this?

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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. 88
    Mike Hodges' gritty new film noir I'll Sleep When I'm Dead begins in enigma and snakes its way into stark clarity.
  2. The spare and unsparing tone of I'll Sleep When I'm Dead makes it as existential -- and as original -- a whodunit as they come.
  3. In I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,' master of stylish criminality Mike Hodges presents a nighttime London of sharp suits, distorted jazz notes and shiny luxury sedans cruising dirty streets.
  4. 60
    At times, this makes the film easier to appreciate than it is to watch: The story is perfectly clear, but the film's style takes its cues from the characters' oblique emotions in a way designed to freeze viewers out.
  5. Director Mike Hodges and screenwriter Trevor Preston's dark revenge tale strips its crime-story cliches of their hopped-up energy and seedy glamour, leaving nothing but sordid sadness.
  6. This sad, dark movie moves across the screen like a sleepwalker, aloof and belonging neither to this world or the next.
  7. Wallows in the same affected retro stylishness as the earlier film (Croupier), suffers from the same lack of narrative focus, and is just as choked with clichés.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Apr 13, 2011
    8
    Clive Owen is on smouldering form as a retired gangster reluctantly drawn back to London to find out why his brother died. Slow-paced, butClive Owen is on smouldering form as a retired gangster reluctantly drawn back to London to find out why his brother died. Slow-paced, but intense, with a low-key but believable finale, a nice performance from a grave-faced and dignified Charlotte Rampling and, unusually, Rhys-Meyers playing to his strengths as the callow brother overcome with humiliation. Arguably Owen has the presence to elevate even the most pedestrian movie into something interesting but there's enough going on amongst the other players to keep the attention throughout. Expand
  2. DanC.
    Nov 4, 2005
    7
    Clive Owen is so good that the film rates a 7 on the strength of his performance alone. It's a humorless (and therefore incomplete) look Clive Owen is so good that the film rates a 7 on the strength of his performance alone. It's a humorless (and therefore incomplete) look at London gangster life, but oddly compelling. Collapse
  3. KelR.
    Oct 3, 2005
    1
    I agree with Brian G. I had high hopes for this movie and boy was I disappointed.

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