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Awakenings Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Nonfunny Robin Williams role in moving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
July 5, 2007
A beautifully moving, life-affirming true story.
| Original Score: 9/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 10, 2005
Tour-de-force performances and one memorable storyline
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
| 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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 16, 2004
| 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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
May 20, 2003
Moving and well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/5
Oz
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 25, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Movieline
January 9, 2002
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
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