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Wide Awake Reviews

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July 25, 2011
Earnest, overly familiar coming-of-age tale
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 28, 2003
A pretentious, preachy first movie from an arguably great filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
March 13, 2002
This wonder-filled film proves that questions can be powerful allies on a spiritual journey.
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.
January 1, 2000
Beneath its suffocating, smug sentimentality, you have to look hard to uncover a single moment of truth and genuine feeling.
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
January 1, 2000
I wonder who the movie was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
An interesting little drama about a youth's quest for proof of God.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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-
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
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
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 ...
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Children, too, will be bored to tears navigating through some of the talky spiritual gunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A meandering script, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and the candy coating it's wrapped in, undermine its effectiveness.
January 1, 2000
What better place to look for God than in a Catholic school, right?
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