Sleep Dealer


Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.
  2. 75
    Far more worth seeing than most of what's out there.
  3. The freshness and ingenuity of this techno-thriller should spark a cult following among sci-fi fans at the very least, but the film could make inroads among cineastes, adult adventure-seekers and the Latino community as well.
  4. 60
    The plot of Sleep Dealer is a bit thin, and the performances are earnest and dutiful. But there is sufficient ingenuity in the film’s main ideas to hold your attention, and the political implications of the allegorical story are at once obvious and subtle.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Despite some clever virtual-reality concepts and projections about the next frontier of globalization, Alex Rivera's ambitious directing debut lacks the vision, or the budget, to pull off its fusion of sci-fi and aspirational saga.
  6. 40
    Science fiction easily lends itself to allegory, but while the dystopian near-future of co-writer/director Alex Rivera's feature debut focuses, admirably, on how globalization affects the third world, his ideas are as subtle as a light saber to the face.
  7. Haunting ideas and efficient storytelling, but director-cowriter Alex Rivera needed to fine-tune a bit more.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 1, 2010
    Con todos los defectos que uno quiera encontrarle, el debut fílmico de Rivera es una notable película de cienciaCon todos los defectos que uno quiera encontrarle, el debut fílmico de Rivera es una notable película de ciencia ficción, cuyas ideas, inquietantemente posibles y verosímilaes, es con mucho lo mejor de una cinta a la que le faltó algo de presupuesto -aunque esto es lo menos importante- y una dirección más disciplinada y funcional por parte de Rivera, que cae a ratos en el vicio de sobre-editar las conversaciones de los personajes. Sin embargo, insisto, su idea de un futuro cercano en el que los Estados Unidos tienen el trabajo de los mexicanos sin tener a los mexicanos en su territorio, tiene una fuerza irónico/política más grande que los obvios mensajes de resistencia antiglobalización que también vehicula, de una forma ingenua, la propia película. Full Review »
  2. caroleg
    Jun 22, 2009
    It's always interesting but the parts don't come together or add up.