Waking the Dead (2000)



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Movie Info

A man finds his melancholy turning to madness in this thriller. Young lawyer Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) has just thrown his hat in the ring for an upcoming congressional election. He has also been haunted by the memory of his girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who recently died in a car bombing -- and haunted not just figuratively but literally: he's seeing apparitions of Sarah everywhere, and he's starting to wonder if she's really there or if he's going mad. Waking the Dead is based on … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Dillon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
USA Home Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Waking the Dead

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (15)

You can embrace this movie's message, which has less to do with political agendas than basic human decency and the enduring power of love. And if that's not enough to make a film worthwhile, we don't know what is.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Painfully earnest.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Waking the Dead may put you to sleep.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A powerful story of love and politics.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Crudup and Connelly outperform the material.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Three Movie Buffs

Waking the Dead is D.O.A., and none of its manifest good intentions are capable of resuscitating it.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Waking the Dead


I kick myself for actually liking this movie. Billy Crudup is understatedly wonderful. This is how the terrible book should've been paced.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


I loved the dichotomy of Waking the Dead's story right off the bat - part political flick, part romance, part ghost mystery? Interesting roots, but sadly the movie most often plays to its obvious avenues, and where there should have been atmosphere and melancholy there instead exists cliche.

The problem is that the crux of Waking the Dead, its love story, is the weakest part. Fielding and Sarah are good characters, but there's something missing - a lack of focus on the couple's good times, I think. They spend a lot of their time together locked in political repartee, which generally ends in some personal barb and all parties involved being pissed off or upset. They should just gone out for ice cream or roller bladed or something; you know, a tether to prove that these people ACTUALLY liked each other. Without it, the final moments of the movie kind of fall flat, and turns a movie that could have been genuinely affecting into something strong, if not forgettable.

There's no denying that it is a strongly written movie, literate and full of governmental allegory. The lead performances are equally excellent, though Billy Crudup occasionally trips up on the admittedly dense dialogue. Unfortunately, it's just not enough - the movie spends too much time on Fielding's uninteresting campaign when it should be showing us more about the relationship that was taken away from him. Show us what he's missing.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

I rented it for Conelly. Ended up hittin the old fast forward button so I could redeem my precious life lost.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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