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Awakenings Reviews

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February 16, 2018
Director Penny Marshall carefully underplays the movie's tone of spiritual triumph.
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
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.
January 15, 2012
Maybe life affirming, but hardly life-changing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 22, 2010
Nonfunny Robin Williams role in moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2007
A beautifully moving, life-affirming true story.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
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-
March 10, 2005
Tour-de-force performances and one memorable storyline
| Original Score: 3/5
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
June 5, 2004
Moving and over-sentimental - but Marshall's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2004
Solid medical drama. Williams is terrific in a straight role.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2003
Utter goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
Moving and well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
January 23, 2003
A decent film that thinks it's more important than it actually is.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 29, 2002
Pitch-perfect performances rescue a potentially melodramatic affair.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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