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½ May 8, 2018
The film is interesting but long, melodramatic and often unrealistic. Some may find De Niro's performance outstanding. I found it a bit tiresome.
April 30, 2018
This should be shown at least once in every psychiatry program in the U.S. Now, there was too much focus on the bureaucracy that Dr Sayer had to cut through, when the emphasis should have perhaps mirrored Dr Sacks' real-life experience with the backlash of his decisions that lingered over the rest of his career. Still, what we get here is a truly enthralling tale of some of the undefinable psychological processes that we still have only scratched the surface of.
March 18, 2018
Really overrated movie.
November 25, 2017
Robert Williams a calm guy nice change; Deniro as a handicapped person?! Wow!
October 3, 2017
A fascinating story that is brought alive by De Niro's committed performance. Williams is great as well and the plot is full of emotional scenes that really make you care about the epidemic they are conquering. The first hour dragged at times but once it got going it was excellent
September 22, 2017
Conta a história de um médico que passa a usar uma droga para mal de parkinson em pessoas catatônicas em decorrência de terem sido expostas ao vírus causador de encefalite letárgica. A história é bem interessante, mas o roteiro e a direção caem em alguns clichês que me incomodam.
August 18, 2017
Brilliant film, made me cry, very sad true story, although really heart warming at the same time,
½ July 12, 2017
It's not a particularly fancy or tricky movie, but it uses its humble craft to convey a deeply affecting story of the optimistic look on life and the importance of even just temporary miracles.
July 9, 2017
The third act may be considered "corny", but Williams's charm and DeNiro's touching performances, along some solid and healthful moments, helps this "based on true events" drama to reach all the right places, with passion, neat direction are a noticeable devotion for the story told, clearly a Oscar-worthy kind of material.
April 23, 2017
A well made film but I still didn't like it
½ April 22, 2017
Brilliantly acted and well-driven film about comatose patients coming out of their slumber. De Niro is exceptional, Williams stolid and brimming with emotion.
½ April 20, 2017
This film is an emotional rollercoaster where you go from joy to depression but it is all the better thanks to the fact the film can produce those emotions without being overly sentimental. The two leads are fantastic (second film from De Niro in 1990 to impress) with Robin Williams putting in an usually subdued but ultimately engrossing performance. The rest of the cast are solid, I really liked the plot and the script (despite it plodding in a couple of areas) and the score by Randy Newman is good.
April 10, 2017
Awakening is a beautiful film with a great story. At times the films is liberating and uplifting, while being bleak and melancholic at others. Robert De Niro gives one of his career best and I think he is Oscar worthy for sure. Robin Williams is also terrific as he always is. The supporting cast of Julie Kavner, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller and all of the people playing the poor souls fighting against that retched disease are superb. This is a film that everyone should watch.
March 23, 2017
Pada akhirnya, apakah film ini perlu ditonton? Menurut saya, "Awakenings" menghadirkan sebuah model cerita yang berbeda. Kadang, kita akan menyadari bahwa "happy ending" diperlukan agar penonton bahagia dengan filmnya. Kadang juga kita akan menyadari mengapa di pertengahan sebuah film kadang sudah memperlihatkan situasi happy ending yang sebetulnya belum berhenti. Lain dengan film ini. "Awakenings" akan menghiptonis penonton untuk mencari happy ending dalam kisahnya yang menjanjikan, dan sayangnya tidak akan ditemukan sampai di akhir film.
November 28, 2016
More than inspiring.
½ November 13, 2016
It's hard to believe this film is over 25yrs old now, I remember enjoying it when it was first released and hadn't seen it since. It's such a good film, similar to "Good Will Hunting" in theme and quality of performance from Robin Williams. Both Robin Williams and Robert De Niro are outstanding in this. It is a sweet and thoughtful film, but feels real and works very well. Based on a true story. This is a must watch!
½ November 12, 2016
Powerful drama finds an eccentric doctor using an experimental drug to fix people in coma like states. Once they awaken, they find themselves regressing and the acting is phenomenal in this drama film. Penny Marshall had a triple header with this one and its a good story with all the right elements.
½ October 2, 2016
Aggressively likable, heartbreaking, and pathologically intriguing, De Niro and Williams both deliver grand-slam performances in this soft biopic.
September 25, 2016
I have avoided this film for many years due to Robin Williams being in it. I was wrong to because this true story and the performances of everybody else, especially De Niro, is so strong that Williams becomes quite bearable. A very emotional film which does bring a lump to your throat.
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