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  • Summary: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron's wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. (Sony Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Not since "Love Story" has there been a movie that so shrewdly and predictably manipulated the emotions for such entertaining effect.
  2. Consequently, Ephron is forced to shape and integrate the twin halves of the picture, and she does a splendid job - the intercutting is always fluid and never mechanical. Better yet, the script keeps surprising us, setting up stock situations and then pulling away from a stock treatment.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    90
    There are no surprises in Sleepless, and the audience is ahead of the characters every step of the way. But people seem to like it that way. And, hey, it works like a charm.
  4. 75
    Ephron develops this story with all of the heartfelt sincerity of a 1950s tearjerker (indeed, the movie's characters spend a lot of time watching "An Affair to Remember" and using it as their romantic compass).
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Yet for all the enjoyable flourishes, and there are many, Ephron keeps pausing to remind us, through various contrivances, that this is a movie, making it hard for anyone to really get lost in the story.
  6. The movie is so prefab, so plastically aware of being ''corny,'' ''romantic,'' and ''old-fashioned,'' that it feels programmed to make you fall in love with it.
  7. While celebrating the lushly romantic, it also tweaks the tradition so that Sleepless in Seattle ends up something akin to a feature-length Taster's Choice commercial.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 6, 2010
    8
    touching and lovely movietouching and lovely movie

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  2. Jan 3, 2013
    7
    Besides being a romantic movie, it's actually quite good. The only problem was the pacing, as sometimes it was a little dull but it alwaysBesides being a romantic movie, it's actually quite good. The only problem was the pacing, as sometimes it was a little dull but it always picked up. It's not meant to have any suspence, violence, explosions or anything else, but it is one of the movies you're like 'Well, okay, not bad."
    Tom Hanks is great as always. Diagnosis: See it with your boyfriend/girlfriend. Pros: Wonderful acting. Cons: Can be a bit too slow.
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  3. Nov 29, 2010
    6
    The movie feels cheesy at moments made from a well established recipe that aims to lure you in. But when it is a prefabricated as this thenThe movie feels cheesy at moments made from a well established recipe that aims to lure you in. But when it is a prefabricated as this then it is all anticipated and there is no suspense. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2013
    5
    This movie seems to just be a cute movie about love and Tom Hanks but realistically it is a horror story of people hunting down men with kidsThis movie seems to just be a cute movie about love and Tom Hanks but realistically it is a horror story of people hunting down men with kids and stalking them to the beach. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    Sure, with the genius of Nora Ephron, Sleepless in Seattle is exactly what a romantic-comedy should be. For some reason, audiences always goSure, with the genius of Nora Ephron, Sleepless in Seattle is exactly what a romantic-comedy should be. For some reason, audiences always go back to this one. Perhaps, it is the strong connection it has to An Affair to Remember. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2014
    2
    Romantic comedies are very difficult to get right. This “old classic” signed Nora Ephron is a good example of everything that can go wrong.Romantic comedies are very difficult to get right. This “old classic” signed Nora Ephron is a good example of everything that can go wrong.

    Built on the success of “When Harry met Sally”, we have cute heroine Meg Ryan playing one of her romantic leads roles, inclusive of tics and weirdness that were her trademark. She could easily be a slightly older version of Sally, with a worse haircut. This time, her character is called Annie and she lives in Baltimore.

    Annie is engaged to Walter, whose main defect is being dull. This must be a terrible crime in Ephron’s book, since Walter is treated with zero respect. One night, Annie listens to Sam’s phone call to a radio station. Sam is a young widower, living in Seattle with his son Jonah. Just listening to his story Annie fells for him.

    Many criticized this idea of falling in love, which however is not the worst point of the movie. People fall in love for lots of different reasons, so I could buy Annie falling for Sam and trying to meet him. What I do not buy is the artificiality of all the events presented after that.

    Annie is a journalist and manages to be sent to Seattle to meet Sam, but somehow manages not to do so, even if she sees him twice (and he sees her too, managing to fell in love at “first sight”). They do not exchange words, even if she could have waited for him and introduced herself in a normal way. But that would have been way too dull for Ephron.

    Then there is a letter which makes unbearable Jonah instantly like Annie. Jonah tries to push Sam to meet Annie on top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. This is contrivance at the highest level, built in the script together with many references to the movie “An affair to remember”. Since neither Sam nor Annie live in New York, this “romantic” meeting on Valentine’s is supposed to prove that “love at first sight” does exist and can even be the basis for a long lasting relationship….. or whatever.

    What I got instead, is an overlong, unfunny movie where the two leads meet only at the end, which is certainly not the way I like onscreen romances to go.
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