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The Awakening Reviews

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March 8, 2017
If you're in the mood for some serious spooks with solid acting, The Awakening is worth checking out; but I wouldn't go out of my way if you're looking for anything more than that.
August 26, 2015
A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those.
June 9, 2013
a ghost story that wants to be more than just a ghost story, but in the process of trying to be a movie that transcends a genre, it insults the genre
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2013
The Awakening glides ghost-like through its story, laying its own elaborate traps along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 1, 2013
The Awakening is a handsome, well-acted thriller with a script that's never cringe-inducing. So why did it sneak its way onto home video with no fanfare?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2012
[Rebecca Hall] captures Florence's flinty intelligence and the vulnerability that emerges as she slowly discovers the school's dark secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2012
Though the story spirals a little out of control in the film's final scenes, "The Awakening" offers the low-key pleasures of an old-fashioned thriller and a lovely central performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2012
Whatever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 30, 2012
Pretty good, but more pretty than good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 27, 2012
Murphy exhibits a deft touch for a first-timer and can feel satisfied that his film honours the tradition of such spooky Brit works as The Haunting and The Innocents.
August 24, 2012
... manages some effectively creepy imagery along with a few clever plot twists.
August 23, 2012
The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2012
Exquisite production design and admirable performances can't overcome the lackluster scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2012
Murphy shows tremendous skill with genre elements, helping The Awakening to overcome its formulaic origins, keeping attention on panic and skepticism, not just on cheap thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 19, 2012
Though slightly undone by a twist that demands a grain or two too much credulity on the part of the viewer, it nonetheless triumphs as a tone poem of an unsettled zeitgeist that plays cat-and-mouse with that same viewer right until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2012
A strong, moving performance by Rebecca Hall coupled with an eerie atmosphere thanks to the top-notch cinematography provides enough palpable tension and scares to compensate for its weak, convoluted ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.621/10
August 18, 2012
While it offers more goosebumps than gasps, it's a pleasurable reminder of the sort of discreet supernatural thriller that was once a staple but is now, unhappily, a rarity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 17, 2012
The big climactic reveal intended to explain the entire movie ends up being both confusing and ridiculous.
August 17, 2012
West is so underused, he barely gets to raise an eyebrow in this watchable but pedestrian film, with Hall ghostbusting in a Downton Abbey setting. Cliched and never chilling.
August 17, 2012
When these sudden surprises work, as in "A Beautiful Mind" or "The Others," you're too stunned to swallow that next handful of popcorn; when they don't, you're tempted to throw your whole box at the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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