Sleeping Beauty (2011) In novelist-turned-filmmaker Julia Leigh's arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable, Emily Browning plays Lucy, a university student who, for good money, lets… 2011-12-02 PT110M Emily Browning Sundance Selects
Movie Review

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Dec 02, 2011; Length: 110 Minutes; With: Emily Browning; Distributor: Sundance Selects

In novelist-turned-filmmaker Julia Leigh's arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable, Emily Browning plays Lucy, a university student who, for good money, lets old men enact erotic fantasies on her naked body while she submits to drug-induced unconsciousness. Her clients may have her body; at least they can't have her waking thoughts. But Leigh doesn't have much use for Lucy's mind either: We never know what Lucy thinks about her odd job, or what she'd rather be doing. In 2011, Browning played a fetishized chick in Zack Snyder's overheated fantasy Sucker Punch. What does she think about her own odd jobs? C

Originally posted Jan 12, 2012 Published in issue #1190 Jan 20, 2012 Order article reprints