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Sleep DealerPRESS REACTIONS TO SLEEP DEALER

THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Exuberantly entertaining — a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure…. Mr. Rivera — a brilliant young director — takes his audience into a future of “aqua-terrorism” and cyberlabor that I wish I could dismiss as implausible.”
-A.O. Scott

See the New York Times’ Anatomy of a Scene: SLEEP DEALER here.

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, “Sleep Dealer” is a welcome surprise. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.”
-Kenneth Turan

WIRED MAGAZINE
“…impressive, eye-opening…a timely message, deftly delivered… like Blade Runner and other big-brained sci-fi flicks, it’s about ideas, not selling merchandise.”

“Sleep Dealer serves up a radical vision of a troubling tomorrow…”
-Jason Silverman

INDIEWIRE
“A dazzling journey!  True originality and artistic verve!”

“Unique and yet engaging; the nervy combination of social politics with future shock storytelling… “Sleep Dealer” is a film with something to say about humanity and its relationship with technology. This sense of humanity, more than its numerous mind-blowing fantasy images is what ultimately sets “Sleep Dealer” apart.”
-Steve Ramos

PAPER MAGAZINE
“Brilliant and bizarre-ass!  A stellar moment in independent filmmaking!”
-Rebecca Carroll

THE GUARDIAN OF LONDON
“… Rivera revives the promise of an American independent cinema that can intervene in our world, imagine the worst, hope for the best – and entertain like mad along the way.”
-B. Ruby Rich

WIRED MAGAZINE
“Ground breaking…a wholly original fantasy. Listen up, Spielberg & Co.: You might learn something.”
-Jason Silverman

THE NEW YORK TIMES
““Sleep Dealer” taps into the cultural and economic fears that have come with a globalized planet… For all its newfangled trappings “Sleep Dealer” reasserts a narrative as old as this country…”
-Dennis Lim