Waking the Dead (2000)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 55
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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 4,959
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
Mar 24, 2000 Wide
Sep 26, 2000
USA Home Entertainment
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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.
Waking the Dead is D.O.A., and none of its manifest good intentions are capable of resuscitating it.
An enticingly adult drama that frustratingly loses the nerve to follow its richest threads.
Connely's great, but Crudup's a revelation in this serious and sobering romantic tragedy.
As boring as batshit
I really liked the fragmented structure and was impressed as usual by Billy Crudup.
The specter of the film lingers long after it's over, and the memory of it grows more affectionate.
Great performances by Crudup and Connely can't quite save it from a tedious and meandering script.
Moving tale about love, regret and redemption boasts standout script and performances.
A dead-on rumination of love and loss... [that] suggests a delicate painting come to life or a bunch of wistful old Polaroids scattered on a living room floor.
Crudup and Connolly are both unusual and unusually appealing young stars, the chemistry between them is potent, and their teaming creates a palpable sense of haunting, breathless romance.
Stirs the heart and stretches the soul with its unique blend of love and politics.
With fine performances and an intelligence woven throughout, you almost don't mind the nausea.
Audience Reviews for Waking the Dead
- Sarah Williams: So few people get what they want. And the ones that do, aren't really the lucky ones anyway.
- Sarah Williams: You're just going to have to put up with me as your own personal Jiminey Crickett.
- Sarah Williams: The war's been ending soon for a long time.
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