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  • Summary: Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 24, 2014
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers with Winter Sleep, a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus that surely qualifies as the least boring 196-minute movie ever made.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 24, 2014
    While it doesn't always earn its heft, Winter Sleep is both subdued and rich in details, its plot growing slowly over a series of extensive conversations. It's a robust, challenging experience he's been building toward with his previous features, as well as an adventurous step above them.
  3. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 24, 2014
    In fits and starts, this is a stunning picture. At its best, Winter Sleep shows Ceylan to be as psychologically rigorous, in his way, as Ingmar Bergman before him.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 24, 2014
    With a richness of characterisation usually reserved for hefty novels, each shot in Winter Sleep glows like a symbol, whilst each digression is almost a short story in itself.
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 24, 2014
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
  6. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 24, 2014
    This is a beautiful, bold, intently serious film.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 24, 2014
    The overwriting of every single discussion smacks less of realistic debate than of a writer/director in the throes of a fit of didacticism who simply never trusts his audience to get his meaning without it being iterated and reiterated to the point of white noise.

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