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Sleepless in Seattle Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Not since "Love Story" has there been a movie that so shrewdly and predictably manipulated the emotions for such entertaining effect.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is so prefab, so plastically aware of being ''corny,'' ''romantic,'' and ''old-fashioned,'' that it feels programmed to make you fall in love with it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Yet, when it all clicks, Ephron is able to make the familiar sparkle anew. [25 Jun 1993 Pg. 01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This is a dreamy, romantic fantasy whose mood falls somewhere between magic and reality.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ephron develops this story with all of the heartfelt sincerity of a 1950s tearjerker (indeed, the movie's characters spend a lot of time watching "An Affair to Remember" and using it as their romantic compass).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even teenagers used to edgier fare will fall for this romantic fairytale. Still, parents should know that the main characters are a widower and his young son; the mother's death echoes throughout the movie. There is some mild sexual content and profanity, as well.

  • Families can talk about how Jessica and Jonah mean well, but hide the truth from their parents when conspiring to get Jonah to New Your City in their attempt to get Annie and Sam together. Was what they did right? How could they have handled this and still been truthful with their parents? Families can also compare this movie to An Affair to Remember.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A bit of innuendo.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: A couple of sexual references.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild -- a few profane words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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