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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 4, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

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  • Starring: Oded Fehr, James LeGros, Henri Lubatti
  • Summary: An FBI agent goes undercover in a Los Angeles-based terrorist sleeper cell in this 10-hour Showtime limited series.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. In theme and execution, in caliber of performance and level of dramatic tension, "Sleeper Cell" is an impressive, relentlessly gripping drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    This engrossing and unnerving nail-biter is a rare treat: a thriller with a brain and a soul.
  4. Highly compelling most of the time.
  5. 60
    Despite the mostly awful dialogue, “Sleeper Cell” succeeds on the strength of its plot.
  6. Fehr's performance is worth noting, if only because his cool demeanor is frighteningly at odds with the insane rhetoric pouring out of his mouth. His portrayal may be the show's greatest point of interest -- that is, if you aren't annoyed by Shields, or hypnotized into a slumber by Ealy's never-ending "haunted past" routine.
  7. The one thing “Sleeper Cell” does commendably is to suggest that there is a struggle going on for the soul of Islam, and that al-Qaida does not have the only say in the matter. But that message is swamped by predictable thriller filler and cheap production values.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Apr 15, 2012
    1
    What a bad show. The dialogue, acting, plot and music is all just horrible. Beyond unrealistic (in the worst ways).

    A friend recommended this
    and said it was similar to Homeland. This show is much worse and a far cry from Homeland. I'm surprised that the ctritic's and user reviews are so high. Expand

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