Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.
Sleepless in Seattle
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Nora Ephron's wonderfully romantic comedy about two people drawn together by destiny. Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a widowed father who, thanks to the wiles of his worried son, becomes a reluctant guest on a radio call-in show. He's an instant hit with thousands of female listeners who deluge his Seattle home with letters of comfort. Meanwhile, inspired in equal parts by Sam's story and by classic Hollywood romance, writer Annie Reed (Ryan) becomes convinced that it's her destiny to meet Sam. There are just two problems: Annie's engaged to someone else and Sam doesn't know yet that they're made for each other. Co-starring Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson and Rob Reiner.
Duration1 h 45 min
David S. Ward
David S. Ward
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50 critic reviews
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2018-03-20 by David Ansen
Self-consciousness infects Nora Ephron's sweet but perilously thin love story, Sleepless in Seattle...such are the perils of these postmodernist times: even our love stories feed off borrowed emotion.
2009-02-02 by Richard Schickel
Mostly, Sleepless in Seattle leaves you feeling restless in the audience.
2009-02-02 by Jonathan Rosenbaum
If one can ignore all the straining for lightness here, this is watchable enough, though hardly anything resembling a tearjerker.
2008-07-22 by Brian Lowry
Ephron and fellow writers Jeff Arch and David S. Ward have conspired to make Sleepless in Seattle as purposefully schmaltzy as one can imagine, in a manner that's almost cynical.
2006-08-26 by Peter Travers
It's easily the hippest, frankest and funniest date movie around.
The schmaltzy soundtrack is overdone, but cameraman Sven Nykvist wraps it all up in an appropriately warm glow.
New York Times
2003-05-20 by Vincent Canby
Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle is a feather-light romantic comedy about two lovers who meet for the first time in the last reel. It's a stunt, but it's a stunt that works far more effectively than anybody in his right mind has reason to expect.
2000-01-01 by Hal Hinson
We fall -- and I think a lot of people will fall hard for this movie -- even though we know we shouldn't.
2000-01-01 by James Berardinelli
This is a dreamy, romantic fantasy whose mood falls somewhere between magic and reality.
2000-01-01 by Joe Brown
A quick check of the exiting audience found many smiling -- and still clutching tissues.
2000-01-01 by Roger Ebert
Sleepless in Seattle is as ephemeral as a talk show, as contrived as the late show, and yet so warm and gentle I smiled the whole way through.
2018-09-16 by Tim Brayton
Substantially better, funnier, smarter, and more impeccably-controlled than almost everything that came in its wake.
The Young Folks
2018-06-27 by Grant Jonsson
While I have returned to watch my favourite moments play out again and again, I am always rewarded by the subtlety and beauty in the scenes I don't remember.
Reel Film Reviews
2018-03-28 by David Nusair
...a decent drama that never entirely lives up to its place as a classic romcom...
2014-02-13 by Peter Bradshaw
A movie to which director and co-writer Nora Ephron brought her terrific flair, wit and nous, although she propagates the terrifying fallacy that a widower makes a wonderful romantic catch.
2013-07-12 by Tina Hassannia
Nora Ephron's fictional universe is no less magical than the romance films it references, yet she imbues the film with a self-awareness that remains rewarding in spite of its contradictions.
Common Sense Media
2011-01-01 by Common Sense Media Editors
A fairy tale that even teens can enjoy.
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