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Before I Go to Sleep

Mystery . Thriller . Drama

A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

Actors: Nicole Kidman , Colin Firth , Mark Strong , Anne-Marie Duff , Jing Lusi , Dean-Charles Chapman , Adam Levy , Ben Crompton , Flynn MacArthur , Gabriel Strong
Directors: Rowan Joffe
Release: 2014-10-31
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  • Mick LaSalle

    Before I Go to Sleep emerges as a mystery — one with a slow burn leading to a big payoff. But what keeps the movie going, beyond questions of what is true and what is false, are the issues raised by the illness itself.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    Sleep is 91 minutes of delightfully twisted tension and three minutes of eye-rolling treacle. Kidman and Firth are both excellent in their sadness and savagery, and Joffe builds tension far better than most of the horror movies available at your local Cineplex this Halloween weekend. If only he had quit while he was ahead.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Whatever twists this puzzle tosses at us, the film reminds us that a great actor, in close-up, telling a story with just her or his eyes, is still the greatest special effect the movies have to offer. This cast telling this story ensures us that nobody will be dozing off Before I Go to Sleep.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    If the story is a smidge predictable, at least the movie is pleasingly old-fashioned and grown-up, with a ’90s paranoid-thriller vibe.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Rowan Joffé’s drizzly, workmanlike thriller Before I Go To Sleep turns a ludicrous premise into a fitfully suspenseful, consistently interesting exercise in audience manipulation.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    Kidman and Firth both deliver compelling performances, although this kind of plot-driven fare is no real challenge to their considerable acting talents.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Before I Go To Sleep‘s combination of talents on both sides of the camera means that while it may not rocket you to the edge of your seat as quickly and cruelly as the recent “Gone Girl,” it's hardly a snooze.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    As a thriller, Before I Go To Sleep is perfectly effective, but while director Rowan Joffe keeps the twists coming, something about Kidman’s blank, frosty performance is unconvincing.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Strong performances keep the viewer guessing as much as our heroine, but the character drama recedes as the thriller element builds, to its detriment.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Firth is brilliant as a preternaturally patient man - every day he has to tell her the same exact story. But he has a creepy way about him. Is it love that drives him, or something darker?

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Were it not for the participation of two A-list actors, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, Before I Go to Sleep would have been headed straight to video. The inclusion of those two doesn't make the film any better, just less anonymous.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Throbbing musical crescendos and flickery flashbacks abound but apart from some outlandish plot machinations, nothing here is good or bad enough to be memorable.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The film is not without its pleasures. Kidman and Firth lend the pulpy material a certain prestige, even if Strong comes across as simply another plot device (and a perplexing one at that).

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Some eerie answers are revealed, and there are a few decent left-field jolts en route. But the plot is hardly airtight — at times the holes are downright gaping — and viewers will likely have their fair share of questions once the film's final corner is turned.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Unfortunately, the film turns out to be not quite as twisty as promised: it’s less a pretzel than it is a Cheez Curl. And I do mean cheez: The resolution, when it comes, is wholly lacking in nutritional value.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Writer-director Rowan Joffe’s adaptation of S.J. Watson’s bestseller honors the lurid spirit of the page-turner enough to satisfy fans, but he doesn’t transmute the material into something richer and deeper the way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    It's shallow, it's silly, it's pat.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    If it weren’t for the diligent performances of its stars, who inject some emotional depth into this bogus claptrap, Before I Go to Sleep would be an unwatchable, titter-inducing catastrophe.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    This dull thriller wastes the potential of Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Twist cinema at its most brainless, Rowan Jaffé’s blunt-force thriller Before I Go To Sleep appears to have forgotten that films about amnesia don’t render the audience incapable of recalling what’s happened from one scene to the next.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Henry Barnes

    It aims for sexy and/or dangerous, but the tone is dry and the pace lags.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    It’s just chilly and uninvolving.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    There’s perilously little playfulness to be found either in the script or its otherwise handsomely ashen cinematic treatment.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Before I Go to Sleep is a movie with nothing to hold on to but a paper-thin mystery with really only one of two possible suspects in the end. Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Despite its intriguing premise, the film amounts to little more than tedious, clichéd melodramatics.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is one of the worst movies of the year.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    It's hard to tell if the film is hampered or helped by the performances of its three stars, because it's so amateurishly written and directed that their participation beggars belief.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Louis Black

    Before I Go to Sleep still offers a near encyclopedic look at what not to do.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Daniel Green

    The only thing Joffe's Before I Go to Sleep has going in its favour is that it's too brief to really lull you into slumber - despite its best efforts,

    CineVue Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    The story is so poorly-plotted, nonsensical, and misogynist that it's hard to imagine one person liking this material, much less millions of literate book lovers.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Rowan Joffe directed from his own adaptation of a novel by S.J. Watson. If you’re thinking of seeing this turgid turkey, forget it.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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