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By Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Powerful story of child abuse. Not for kids.

Movie R 1996 147 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Grossed out

age 18+

This is a good/classic movie to see.

A fine/good film. This movie is intense and has tons of sexual contents. I highly suggest adults to watch this. R: violent intense moments, sexual contents and pervasive strong languagae.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Sleepers is anything but easy viewing. The film focuses extensively on the sexual and physical abuse of the four boys. As the ringleader of the detention hall guards, Kevin Bacon is at his absolute creepiest. The young cast does quite well, particularly Joseph Perrino as the young Lorenzo "Shakes" Carcaterra. Other standouts include a rather restrained Robert De Niro as Father Bobby and Dustin Hoffman as has-been lawyer Danny Snyder. One exception to the general excellence of the cast is Minnie Driver, who appears woefully miscast as the adult Carol Martinez. Execution-wise, the film is fine. The soundtrack is engaging, and the imagery of 1960s New York is appropriately intoxicating. Something gets lost in the last half of the film, however, and the main characters become a bit less compelling -- the adult versions of the abused children are just not as interesting.

Due to thematic content and thematic issues, this film will be uncomfortable for most viewers -- even adults. That being said, the film is worth watching, and is part of a veritable genre of movies dealing with the destruction of childhood.

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