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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 18, 2014
    100
    Winter Sleep belongs alongside “Boyhood” and “Inherent Vice” on the short list of the most powerful films of 2014. Calling a film “good” or “important” is subjective, of course, but this isn’t: All three are reaching for the kind of cinematic transcendence that exceeds language, that weaves together various art forms into an ascending spiral of meaning that cannot finally be captured or defined.
  2. 100
    Faithful to Chekhov, Ceylan spells out nothing except that unhappiness unrecognized is unhappiness compounded, and despite the film’s wintry chill, there’s a thrilling warmth in this struggle to shine a light on life.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 21, 2015
    100
    Such miserable people; why should we care? Maybe because Ceylan does. By staging this petulant misery in a snow-filled world of melancholy, unearthly beauty, he underscores their tragedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 17, 2014
    90
    This isn’t merely about the follies of a misanthrope, it’s an epic tragedy about life in the Ivory Tower and the inability to understand—much less empathize with—other human beings.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Nov 17, 2014
    80
    It will test your concentration, resolve and butt cheeks to the limit but Winter Sleep will reward your staying power: a perfectly played, beautiful-looking, exquisitely nuanced picture. Would make a great, if gruelling, decaying-wedlock double bill with "Gone Girl."
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 24, 2014
    80
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
  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: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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. May 18, 2015
    10
    The film itself will be hard to follow and like (as it has an extremely ambitious running time of three hours and that the film is mostlyThe film itself will be hard to follow and like (as it has an extremely ambitious running time of three hours and that the film is mostly filled with long conversations), but the end result is rewarding. Nuri Bilge Ceylan has made a epic film that deals with power and the struggling relationship between the wealthy and the poor. A film that requires your immediate attention (and attention necessary to finish the film). Expand
  3. May 16, 2015
    9
    I could not help but be fascinated with this movie. Three hours plus but so spellbinding it didn't seem like it.
    A beautiful film, amazingly
    I could not help but be fascinated with this movie. Three hours plus but so spellbinding it didn't seem like it.
    A beautiful film, amazingly directed.
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  4. 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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