Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 88
    Perfectly captures the cultural and emotional wasteland that is suburban Jersey.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    83
    Maquiling has built and sustained a mood of lovely comic aplomb. Like one of its hero's daydreams, the film evaporates on contact and leaves a serene glow.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    An unusually clear, compassionate, and grownup satire about a rare subject: the true psychological underpinnings of young manhood.
  4. The movie's a gas. Very funny, to a rather dark degree.
  5. It's nothing less than a spiritual journey set in New Jersey.
  6. Oddly fresh and naively chipper.
  7. The movie is as modestly unpretentious as David O. Russell's "Spanking the Monkey."
  8. 75
    Rich and droll, and yet slight--a film of modest virtues, content to be small, achieving what it intends.
  9. 70
    Maquiling creates an unusual and intriguing tone somewhere between sharp, deadpan comedy and a soft, dreamy surrealism.
  10. 70
    Jack's odyssey, despite some clunky writing and predictable first-movie missteps, gives off a flavor and a flair that stick with you.
  11. Unfolds as a shaggy-dog story, full of hilarious and outrageous twists that suggest that weirdness lies just below the surface of daily life seemingly at its most ordinary.
  12. 70
    Maquiling offers us the unexpected pleasures of taking the side streets in a film about how even minor-key adventures can make a life stuck in low gear something to look back on.
  13. No revelation, but it’s a more honorable, interesting effort than many of the crass, dopey recent big-studio schlockfests like "Say It Isn’t So" or "Tomcats" that tell similar coming-of-age tales.
  14. A picture that's pleasantly forgettable.
  15. The film's slightly awkward self-consciousness is balanced by an appealing, gently deadpan performance from Palmieri.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    There are moments when faltering levels of energy and inventiveness threaten to turn Too Much Sleep into a nonevent. But it signals the arrival of a promising filmmaker and is worth sticking with.
  17. 62
    For a modest film, however, Too Much Sleep is a modest surprise.
  18. Mr. Maquiling's gotta learn more about dramatic arcs, but he has an infectious interest in how the world looks and works, and he can make you laugh unexpectedly. I look forward to his next film.
  19. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Clever and offbeat.
  20. The movie's concept is amusing, but much of the acting and dialogue is as uninspired as the story's deliberately bland suburban setting.
  21. 50
    So minimalist that you wouldn't miss much if you watched semi-awake and listened to a friend's running commentary.
  22. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    40
    The material is slender, the characters not sufficiently engaging or eccentric for a feature-length movie.

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