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Wide Awake Reviews

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November 29, 2015
M. Night Shyamalan drowns potentially heartwarming moments in thick, syrupy music, his script lapsing occasionally into slapstick or a case of the cutes.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 25, 2011
Earnest, overly familiar coming-of-age tale
Full Review | Original Score: C
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
April 28, 2003
A pretentious, preachy first movie from an arguably great filmmaker.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The film pursues its sensitive material with the appropriate degree of care, but the direction by M. Night Shyamalan turns potentially provocative moments into dull eddies of melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The movie's greatest strength is in its willingness to admit that the mysteries of life and death are as difficult for children as for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
In a moviemaking world dominated by attention to secular matters, the parochial Wide Awake is a refreshing change of pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 13, 2002
This wonder-filled film proves that questions can be powerful allies on a spiritual journey.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Beneath its suffocating, smug sentimentality, you have to look hard to uncover a single moment of truth and genuine feeling.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
I was aware of the problems, but that didn't diminish the warm, fuzzy glow I was experiencing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I wonder who the movie was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
January 1, 2000
An interesting little drama about a youth's quest for proof of God.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
For those who want to see something soft, without a bite to it, this is the one to chew on.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Done well, it could have been a gem among the wasteland of modern children's cinema. Unfortunately, it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
There is quite a bit of drama in the film but most of it is internal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The fact is, just too many of the characters and plot points are right out of the stock room: the obligatory fat kid; the obligatory bully; the obligatory kid whose parents can't really afford Catholic school tuition ...
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Dramatically unconvincing most of the way through, and even runs into logical inconsistencies where its main character's quest for God is concerned.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Just what I need, a film that embodies two of my worst phobias in one role: Rosie O'Donnell as a nun.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Children, too, will be bored to tears navigating through some of the talky spiritual gunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jane Ganahl
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A meandering script, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and the candy coating it's wrapped in, undermine its effectiveness.
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