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Waking the Dead (2000)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 9

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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


Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Robert Dillon

Sep 26, 2000

USA Home Entertainment

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (27) | DVD (10)

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.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Painfully earnest.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Waking the Dead may put you to sleep.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A powerful story of love and politics.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It's a good fit for anyone who loves fine acting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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When we invest emotional capital, we deserve a payoff.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Crudup and Connelly outperform the material.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

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

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An enticingly adult drama that frustratingly loses the nerve to follow its richest threads.

August 19, 2005
Nick's Flick Picks

Connely's great, but Crudup's a revelation in this serious and sobering romantic tragedy.

April 3, 2005

As boring as batshit

March 31, 2005
Film Threat

I really liked the fragmented structure and was impressed as usual by Billy Crudup.

February 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The specter of the film lingers long after it's over, and the memory of it grows more affectionate.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Great performances by Crudup and Connely can't quite save it from a tedious and meandering script.

March 19, 2003

A moving drama about loss that is not what you'd expect.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Moving tale about love, regret and redemption boasts standout script and performances.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

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.

September 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Succeeds resoundingly.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Stirs the heart and stretches the soul with its unique blend of love and politics.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

With fine performances and an intelligence woven throughout, you almost don't mind the nausea.

September 5, 2001 Full Review
Detour Magazine

The result Keith Gordon's gamble is a movie that intrigues and occasionally frustrates anyone willing to take a chance on it.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Lybarger Links
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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.
August 16, 2008

Super Reviewer

I rented it for Conelly. Ended up hittin the old fast forward button so I could redeem my precious life lost.
November 19, 2007
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

This film was heavy, that's for sure.
I thought the nonlinear storyline was effective. Visually this film won me over. The imagery was starkly beautiful, lighting was used to great effect; sometimes to provide warmth at other times to make a room uncomfortably bright.
It reminds me of the Constant Gardener, the version that would have unfolded if the man hadn't sought answers to his partner's death. What would've happened if he had tried to simply move on with his life.
May 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Sarah Williams: So few people get what they want. And the ones that do, aren't really the lucky ones anyway.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Sarah Williams: You're just going to have to put up with me as your own personal Jiminey Crickett.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Sarah Williams: The war's been ending soon for a long time.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
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