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  • Summary: The Science of Sleep is a playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of Stephane Miroux (Bernal) an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. (Warner Independent Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 91
    An indie version of Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," albeit with none of the star power, a quarter of the budget, half the angst, and twice the charm.
  2. 83
    This fascinating and occasionally transporting film never quite transforms into something really great.
  3. 80
    No one who sees it will confuse it with anything else. Fans of Gondry's DIY low-tech aesthetic, which he blends, as always, with exceptionally sophisticated animation techniques, will adore it.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The look of the film is dazzling, even hallucinatory, and the concept is beyond quirky as conceived by Gondry, a talented visual stylist, in his first film based on his own script. The story is compelling, unconventional and diverting in its blurring of reality and fantasy.
  5. 75
    Fusing animation and live action with a series of outrageous props, Gondry veers dangerously close to being precious. But make no mistake: Gondry's hallucinatory brilliance holds you in thrall.
  6. The Science of Sleep is like a weird dream that tugs at the memory throughout the day with its intriguing, misshapen pieces.
  7. 25
    You have to identify pretty strongly with suffering artistes to find anything to root for in The Science of Sleep.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41
  1. AlexE
    Sep 24, 2006
    10
    This beautiful and melancholy film transcends quirky gimmickry to bring to life an almost painfully honest tale of being caught between the world of dreams and the disappointing world of reality. Bernal is a perfect lead in this film, tempering the somewhat disturbing nature of his character's mindset with wide-eyed innocence and genuine wonder. Gainsbourg is lovely as the "girl next door", who finds herself drawn toward Stephanie while unable to deny the childish nature of his personality. And Alain Chabat steals several scenes as the extroverted, womanizing Guy. Through it all, Gondry weaves a visually breathtaking and fascinating story of how hard it can be to accept reality when one's dreams are so much more fascinating. One of the best of the year, and a truly refreshing cinematic experience. Expand
  2. Spongeee
    Oct 20, 2006
    10
    I agree with what Onion AV says. Science of Sleep has this crazy style and feel to it that makes it unique among most other films. Don't sleep on it! Expand
  3. MattC
    Aug 23, 2007
    10
    Well, i do Strongly the believe the movie, alone, is a good and interesting movie. But to personally mention, I think the response depends on the situation you, the viewer, are in. For example, if you have feelings for someone and have interest in him/her, the movie probably will suck you into it's imaginative world. The film depicts the sadness but warmth feeling of 2 people's elevating yet confusing love for each other.It's a peaceful film. Full of imagination and creativity. It's its own little world. Although a good movie as it is, it may sadden you in specific parts. But that's what makes a good movie. Overall, To understand & enjoy the movie, you will have to be in subtle peace and relaxation and must just let the film convince you hat is happening is real. Expand
  4. JimB.
    Oct 2, 2006
    9
    Delightful. Charming. Food for the mind and the heart.
  5. Enrique
    Oct 16, 2006
    8
    Interesting. It has its great moments.
  6. GregoryM.
    Sep 27, 2006
    5
    The dream sequences are fantastic, and Gondry's direction imbues every scene with certain kiddy energy, but there is no focus to Science of Sleep. The central relationship between Bernal and Gainsbourg never develops or reaches any resolution. Science never offers any insights into relationships or love, or lack thereof. So much potential... Expand
  7. CraigT.
    Oct 18, 2006
    2
    An art film without the art.

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