(1996)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Sleepers, for all the doubts it raises, is the work of a man who speaks for absent friends and "for the children we were." It's his secret heart.
88
ReelViews
Two and one- half hours of gripping entertainment.
75
As entertainment, the movie functions successfully. But I don't believe the story is true--not true to the facts, and not true to the morality it pretends to be about.
75
A visual masterpiece that powerfully explores male cruelty, too.
75
USA Today
Engrosses if it doesn't fully convince. [18 October 1996, p.1D]
75
Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end.
50
Entertainment Weekly
By the end, the main thing that's been abused is the audience's intelligence.
40
Somewhat byzantine in execution and confusing in its logic, the film's second half never achieves the catharsis you'd expect.
30
The film's tone works overtime at mythologizing tawdry incidents into some ultimate epic about the lost innocence of youth. Gilded trash is more like it.
30
The dullest movie ever made about child abuse, conspiracy and murder.
25
Christian Science Monitor
Barry Levinson's filmmaking style is often imaginative. The story contains horrific scenes of sexual torture as well as sadistic killings and other disturbing material, though.

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