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The Awakening Reviews

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

The Awakening glides ghost-like through its story, laying its own elaborate traps along the way.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

February 11, 2013
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood

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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3/4

February 1, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

[Rebecca Hall] captures Florence's flinty intelligence and the vulnerability that emerges as she slowly discovers the school's dark secrets.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2012
Matt Pais
RedEye

Pretty good, but more pretty than good.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 30, 2012
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet

A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 28, 2012
Simon Foster
Screen-Space

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.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

August 27, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... manages some effectively creepy imagery along with a few clever plot twists.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

August 24, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B

August 22, 2012
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

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 Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2012
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 7.621/10

August 18, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

August 18, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Delivers a series of well-chosen jolts and unsettling ideas. Otherwise, gee, it really is quite a lot like countless other pictures that have come before it.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

This is a truly haunting story, beautiful to look at and involving all the atmosphere you can eat.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 16, 2012
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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The film benefits enormously from having the luminous Rebecca Hall as its lead. It also gains an ominous gravity from the haunted, wounded and wobbly England in which it's set.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 16, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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There is nothing in the film that will keep you awake at night. Instead, "The Awakening" works much more subtly, with a profound sense of dread and resignation, a death-obsessed movie given life by Hall's performance.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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The Awakening is both a ghost story and an exploration of mourning and survivor's guilt, though a late twist turns the film away from its delicate merging of these two themes into something both more plotty and stilted.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

August 16, 2012
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The film takes pains to ensure that the story feel like laborious toil rather than a trip through the dark side of the ethereal.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

August 15, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 14, 2012
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