• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 4, 2005
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 80
    The action is intense in "Sleeper Cell," and each episode includes at least one stunning moment of violence or betrayal. But character depth isn't sacrificed to keep the pace moving, and there are valuable calms between the storms.
  2. 75
    The acting, writing and directing are subtle and graceful.
  3. 70
    The series would fall apart if Al-Farik were a cardboard cutout villain. Who’d want to watch eight hours of this man’s journey if he were just a shallow action-movie bad guy? But thanks to Fehr’s brave, layered performance, it’s impossible to ignore Al-Farik or the ideas that motivate him.
  4. It hardly enlightens, and it never feels urgent. It feels like a decent cop drama pretending to be something more important.
  5. The show isn't brilliant, but it is audaciously alive.
  6. The new edition delivers many of the same thrills and intelligent debate that made the original so exceptional. But the mere act of bringing it back creates problems the original never had to deal with.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    "Sleeper Cell" is nicely acted, produced, written, directed, but is still so deeply rooted in the conventions of the medium, that no matter how hard it tries, or how hard it wants to be something else, this still ends up Just TV.
  8. 80
    Ealy and Fehr give fierce performances that will keep fans hooked.
  9. 75
    The quickened pulse is a plus: The violence registers as sharp, stinging slaps. [11 Dec 2006, p.41]
  10. If you can make the time in a season where most programmers think we're all too busy shopping to be watching anything heavier than "Miracle on 34th Street" (the Natalie Wood version, of course), then "Sleeper Cell" delivers.
  11. Violent and sometimes sexually tawdry, as only pay cable can be, Sleeper Cell is not for the faint of heart, but it provides well-constructed thrills with its tour of the morally ambiguous land of counter-terrorism.
  12. Another edge-of-your-seat thriller.
  13. "Sleeper Cell" is a compelling, kinetic ride that matches "24" in its power and is far more realistic and topical.
  14. A significant improvement in the sequel is its keener sense of urgency and alarm, achieved by down-scaling the exposition and character development that bogged down the first hours of the original.
  15. As exciting as the original.
  16. The second season of “Sleeper Cell” burrows even deeper into the mind-set of Muslim extremists than the first and is all the better and more troubling for it.
  17. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    While not perfect, [it] manages to be both exciting and--if not exactly realistic--then at least reality-grounded.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    Reminiscent of 24 but about a dozen times more realistic (though dramatically more uneven).
  19. 20
    A dreary thing it is, and depressing, too.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. CharlesG
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    I don't know what show the people here who gave this a 1 were watching. "SLEEPER CELL - American Terror" is without a doubt one of the I don't know what show the people here who gave this a 1 were watching. "SLEEPER CELL - American Terror" is without a doubt one of the best things ever on TV. This show is freaking awesome, combining great characters, true-to-life stories and terrific production value throughout its 8 hours - which felt more like 4 hours to me when I watched them straight through over 2 days. I guess its all subjective and I don't even want to bring up how much most of the rest of TV sucks compared to this show or others like it but I just did, so oh well... Anyhow, I love both seasons of Sleeper Cell and hope we get to see a third! Full Review »
  2. WareC
    Jan 7, 2007
    1
    Absolutely terrible! And I loved last years mini-series.
  3. AdamM
    Dec 23, 2006
    9
    Great show, makes me sad and want revenge myself! Badass fight in the streets of Yemen as well...