The Sleeping Beauty


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12

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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 5, 2011
    Following 2009's "Bluebeard," French filmmaker Catherine Breillat continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairy tales and the female condition.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 18, 2011
    At its best, The Sleeping Beauty reclaims fairy tales as a kind of oral folk REM state, chewing over anxieties about adulthood, behavior, sex, and belonging in potent symbolic form.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 7, 2011
    Breillat manages to give us a lush, quiet spectacle with The Sleeping Beauty.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jul 28, 2011
    One could argue that, in varying degrees, all of the iconoclastic French director's films have dismantled femme-centric fairy tales. But in this, the second of a planned trilogy, she's confronting burnished old folk tales head-on. Sly and playful, it's a beauty.
  5. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jul 8, 2011
    This film is no fairy tale for children. Not only does it contain nudity and sex, both straight and lesbian, but it also presents childhood as a time of terror.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 7, 2011
    It's clear what Breillat is trying to do here in the abstract - and The Sleeping Beauty is never less than gorgeous to look at - but the movie doesn't hang together as a story, and "stories" are what these fairy tales are meant to deliver.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 7, 2011
    The pleasures of Ms. Breillat's work are its commitment and seriousness and its raw, sometimes very funny perversity: she's lets everything hang out, without apologies.
  8. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jul 5, 2011
    Though The Sleeping Beauty ends ambiguously, it remains consistent with the logic that Breillat has laid out: A girl's childhood and adolescence are often culturally sanctioned confinements. But the prisoners aren't always victims; the jails can be escaped through the courage to "go alone into the world."
  9. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 8, 2011
    Breillat, seemingly inspired as much by C.S. Lewis and Hans Christian Andersen as by original author Charles Perrault, doesn't really make the most of her subversive premise.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Schied
    Jul 9, 2011
    The Sleeping Beauty lacks either the dramatic intensity or the sexual frankness that drew attention to her previous films "Fat Girl" and "The Last Mistress."
  11. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jul 5, 2011
    Breillat, as always, goes her own way, but her impressionistic scenes barely cohere, even at this brief running time.
  12. Reviewed by: Diego Semerene
    Jul 5, 2011
    Judging from The Sleeping Beauty, and the previous "Bluebeard," the provocations stop with the choice of the material, as the tone and style of these films are jarringly well-behaved.

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