To Sleep With Anger (1990)


Critic Consensus: To Sleep with Anger examines cultural tensions with a deft hand and a potent blend of comedy and drama, stirred skillfully to life by a strong cast led by Danny Glover.


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The life of a middle-class black family in Los Angeles is disrupted by the arrival of an old friend from back South in this layered drama. Initially a charming reminder of their past, the visitor soon comes to seems increasingly sinister as the strained household heads towards an inevitable conflict.

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Critic Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (10)

One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.

Feb 9, 2006
Time Out
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It's a very entertaining, complex film, a comedy of unusual substance that also manages to keep the audience in suspense as to when the comedy might dissolve into some kind of vicious melodrama.

Aug 30, 2004 | Full Review…

This stately, stagey, funereally paced contemporary drama of middle-class African-American life looks as if it could have been set almost any time in the past half-century.

Jul 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Burnett's acute and sensitive direction is free of hackneyed movie conventions; even something as simple as a hello is said differently from the way you've heard it in any other movie.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for To Sleep With Anger

Didn't do it for me. I don't blame Glover who has been marvellous in other films. It's hard to blame Burnett either after the wonderful work that he did with Killer of Sheep. So how does this go off the rails?

John Ballantine
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