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The Awakening Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 26, 2015
A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
a ghost story that wants to be more than just a ghost story, but in the process of trying to be a movie that transcends a genre, it insults the genre
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
The Awakening glides ghost-like through its story, laying its own elaborate traps along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
February 1, 2013
The Awakening is a handsome, well-acted thriller with a script that's never cringe-inducing. So why did it sneak its way onto home video with no fanfare?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 31, 2012
[Rebecca Hall] captures Florence's flinty intelligence and the vulnerability that emerges as she slowly discovers the school's dark secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 30, 2012
Though the story spirals a little out of control in the film's final scenes, "The Awakening" offers the low-key pleasures of an old-fashioned thriller and a lovely central performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 30, 2012
Whatever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
August 30, 2012
Pretty good, but more pretty than good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
August 27, 2012
Murphy exhibits a deft touch for a first-timer and can feel satisfied that his film honours the tradition of such spooky Brit works as The Haunting and The Innocents.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
August 24, 2012
... manages some effectively creepy imagery along with a few clever plot twists.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 23, 2012
The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean O'Connell
CinemaBlend.com
August 22, 2012
Exquisite production design and admirable performances can't overcome the lackluster scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 22, 2012
Murphy shows tremendous skill with genre elements, helping The Awakening to overcome its formulaic origins, keeping attention on panic and skepticism, not just on cheap thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 19, 2012
Though slightly undone by a twist that demands a grain or two too much credulity on the part of the viewer, it nonetheless triumphs as a tone poem of an unsettled zeitgeist that plays cat-and-mouse with that same viewer right until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 18, 2012
A strong, moving performance by Rebecca Hall coupled with an eerie atmosphere thanks to the top-notch cinematography provides enough palpable tension and scares to compensate for its weak, convoluted ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.621/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 18, 2012
While it offers more goosebumps than gasps, it's a pleasurable reminder of the sort of discreet supernatural thriller that was once a staple but is now, unhappily, a rarity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
August 17, 2012
The big climactic reveal intended to explain the entire movie ends up being both confusing and ridiculous.
Caryn James
James on screenS
August 17, 2012
West is so underused, he barely gets to raise an eyebrow in this watchable but pedestrian film, with Hall ghostbusting in a Downton Abbey setting. Cliched and never chilling.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 17, 2012
When these sudden surprises work, as in "A Beautiful Mind" or "The Others," you're too stunned to swallow that next handful of popcorn; when they don't, you're tempted to throw your whole box at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Berube
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2012
A dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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