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Sleepover Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    33

    out of 100

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

  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Yes, it's all a harmless lark. Which is why the only thing that could redeem this sour patch of candy-coated crud would be a final shot of Earth exploding.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Essentially sleepwalks its way through a strictly by-the-numbers premise.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A sweet, effective installment, an often bright and efficient repository for the slapstick laughs and cutesy sentiments so beloved by this age group.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Sleepover might appeal to 11- and 12-year-old fans of slumber parties, but it likely will leave their parents stifling a few dozen yawns.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Not for younger kids, despite its PG rating.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with the kind of parental concerns that aren't factored into the MPAA's rating system. The main characters -- young teenage girls -- sneak out of the house after promising not to. They make a date with a man they met on the Internet with the plan of getting him to buy one of them a drink. They then sneak into a club and drink alcohol. One girl secretly watches a boy undress (from the rear, nudity off screen). They vandalize property, imprison a security guard, drive without licenses, make an overweight girl feel bad about herself. Many characters lie, including adults. One of the girls loses a boyfriend by refusing to "hook up" with him but apparently brags to her friends that she did. There is also some bathroom humor and intrusive product placement.

  • Families can talk about whether any of the characters in this movie can be considered a positive role model. Why or why not?
  • What kinds of consequences do you think the girls' behavior would have in real life? Why aren't those consequences fully shown here?
  • Why do you think Julie and Stacie stopped being friends?
  • What canparents and young teens do to get used to the idea that kidsare growing up?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although some of the characters' problematic behavior has consequences (getting caught trying to order a drink, for example), plenty doesn't, and overall there's not a lot of responsibility taken or learned during the course of the movie.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The young teen characters get up to lots of iffy stuff, from sneaking into clubs to vandalism to making a date with an older man they met online. They also lie and discriminate a girl who's overweight. Not much diversity in the cast.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Mild tension and peril; skateboard/car crashes/wipe-outs. Some slapping-type confrontations between both girls and girls and boys.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing/making out, references to "hooking up," cleavage, etc. Implied nudity (off screen).

  • language false2

    Language: "Hook up," "oh my God," "hell."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some intrusive product placement from brands like Old Navy.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens sneak into club, and a 14-year-old orders "Sex on the Beach" at the bar -- but she's carded and gets soda instead.

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