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Wide Awake Reviews

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July 22, 2006
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
July 22, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
New Times
May 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Top Critic
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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James Berardinelli
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

E! Online
January 1, 2000
An interesting little drama about a youth's quest for proof of God.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
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
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.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
Emanuel Levy
July 25, 2011
Earnest, overly familiar coming-of-age tale
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 29, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I wonder who the movie was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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