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The Awakening Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those.
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
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
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
August 30, 2012
Pretty good, but more pretty than good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Foster
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.
Todd Jorgenson
August 24, 2012
... manages some effectively creepy imagery along with a few clever plot twists.
Brian Orndorf
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
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
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
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 17, 2012
An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
August 16, 2012
Delivers a series of well-chosen jolts and unsettling ideas. Otherwise, gee, it really is quite a lot like countless other pictures that have come before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 16, 2012
This is a truly haunting story, beautiful to look at and involving all the atmosphere you can eat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2012
The film benefits enormously from having the luminous Rebecca Hall as its lead. It also gains an ominous gravity from the haunted, wounded and wobbly England in which it's set.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
There is nothing in the film that will keep you awake at night. Instead, "The Awakening" works much more subtly, with a profound sense of dread and resignation, a death-obsessed movie given life by Hall's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 16, 2012
The Awakening is both a ghost story and an exploration of mourning and survivor's guilt, though a late twist turns the film away from its delicate merging of these two themes into something both more plotty and stilted.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
August 15, 2012
The film takes pains to ensure that the story feel like laborious toil rather than a trip through the dark side of the ethereal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering.
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