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The Awakening

horror, thrillers


In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    61%
  • Audience Score
    51%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    61%
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  • Audience

    51%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rotten: A dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting.

- Chris Berube, Globe and Mail, Friday, August 17, 2012

Rotten: The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, August 23, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Despite the promising beginning and the solid art direction, this conventional ghost story never rises above its clearly derivative narrative - which, among many deficiencies, tries to be clever with a lame (and unnecessary) twist but is only convoluted and obvious.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, December 22, 2012

3 stars

Totally unexpected ending. Was scary and also entertaining.

- 3niR, Thursday, June 28, 2012

3 stars

A decent British film that has plenty of creepy atmasphere, without ever really being scary. A good British cast with a lot of recognizable faces give a good performance collectively and the

- Deano78, Sunday, May 6, 2012