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Awakenings Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2014
a curiously-underloved film... Awakenings will get a re-evaluation in the wake of Williams' passing, and that's great. It's just a tragedy it took a tragedy to precipitate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 15, 2014
Williams gives his best "straight" performance, shorn of all his marvelous manic vaudeville. The man he plays here is not a performer, which he was even in Dead Poets Society, but simply a man.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 15, 2012
Maybe life affirming, but hardly life-changing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Nonfunny Robin Williams role in moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
July 5, 2007
A beautifully moving, life-affirming true story.
| Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
February 1, 2007
A potentially intriguing story, based on the actual experiences of Dr. Sacks, gets a characteristically middling, sentimental and uplifting from director Penny Marshall.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005
Tour-de-force performances and one memorable storyline
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
November 2, 2004
I remember this film, which I saw 13 years ago, as a squishy article redeemed by two strong performances; I am not inclined to go back for a second opinion.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 5, 2004
Moving and over-sentimental - but Marshall's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 23, 2004
Solid medical drama. Williams is terrific in a straight role.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 14, 2003
Utter goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
Widgett Walls
May 20, 2003
Moving and well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/5
Hollywood Bitchslap
March 25, 2003
The beginning of Robin Williams' belief that being 'nice' equals cinematic brilliance. A mixed bag that received more acclaim than it should have.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 23, 2003
A decent film that thinks it's more important than it actually is.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 29, 2002
Pitch-perfect performances rescue a potentially melodramatic affair.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 15, 2002
Celebrates the deep down joy of life and the healing exchange that can take place between doctor and patient when caring rather than curing is the main emphasis.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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