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  • Summary: Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), 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 anAydin (Haluk Bilginer), 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: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Dec 16, 2014
    100
    This patient, beautiful, painful, engrossing film pits husband and wife against each other and their world in a series of extended conversations/confrontations.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Dec 19, 2014
    100
    This movie struck me as both Ceylan’s plainest, and perhaps his finest.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 23, 2015
    100
    Winter Sleep, winner of last year’s Palme d’Or in Cannes, runs almost 3-1/2 hours. These will be some of the best three-plus hours you will spend at any movie this year. I’ve seen movies half that length that felt twice as long.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Dec 12, 2014
    88
    Staring deep into the darkness of an apparently static character, Nuri Bilge Ceylan again exhibits his gift for making interesting stories out of predetermined plots, locating small eddies of change in the midst of eternally fixed dynamics.
  5. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 24, 2014
    80
    This is a beautiful, bold, intently serious film.
  6. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 24, 2014
    80
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 24, 2014
    50
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    With a cast of the best Turkish actors at this moment, Nuri Bilge Ceylan made something beautiful here and it's gonna stay with me for a veryWith a cast of the best Turkish actors at this moment, Nuri Bilge Ceylan made something beautiful here and it's gonna stay with me for a very long time. Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2014
    9
    The work made with this movie is simply awesome. An amazing story, but sometimes the dialogues turn to something boring and unnecessary. StillThe work made with this movie is simply awesome. An amazing story, but sometimes the dialogues turn to something boring and unnecessary. Still is one of the best movies this year and an amazing Academy Award® contender for Best Foreign Language Film. Expand

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