Awake Synopsis
A surgical patient (Hayden Christensen) becomes alert but paralyzed during his procedure.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A surprisingly effective thriller.
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Entertainment Weekly

Too bad, because until it essentially turns into a medical-thriller version of "Look Who's Talking," the movie hums along comfortably...
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You won't see the twist coming, thanks to a clever and precise piece of casting, but that's the best compliment that can be paid to Awake,...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
With a couple of more drafts to mend the plot holes and restructure the middle act, Awake could have been saved.
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By James Berardinelli
Awake is short enough (about 85 minutes) that it doesn't wear out its welcome. It's not a good movie but it's silly and lively enough to...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Christensen delivers a low-key performance that is ultimately quite appealing, and he's well matched by the beautiful Alba. Olin brings...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What a waste. Check out "Breakdown" or Aldo Lado's 1971 Italian giallo "Long Night Of The Short Dolls" for a far better treatments of the...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie tries going for a laugh or two. It even makes stabs at irony. But since none of the story is suspenseful, remotely believable,...
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Film Threat

By Rick Kisonak
This is a movie that should have a medical warning in its trailer. Caution: viewing may be hazardous to your filmgoing fun; side effects...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Possibly the worst movie of 2007.
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By CtMovie_Buff
The way they market the movie worries me cause it seems like many people do not understand what its about and may never see it, but the reviews will so here's mine: I seen this movie last year in...


By filmk25
this movie isn't as scary as they are saying--it's damn exciting though! and surprising. and this sounds weird, but kinda moving!...

a cheesy thriller.

By rosettamarie
So I thought this movie held a lot of promise with its storyline, but it ended up being redundant, poorly written, and rather cheesy. The film initially progresses very slowly with an unecessary...


By cboramyi
i went to this movie because it was creating so much controversy within the world of anesthesiology and medicine, but it turns out this movie was so much more! it was full of so many unexpected...


By nicoleexbaby
i absoloutly love this movie....

pretty good not fantastic

By georgiau
It was o.k. Kind of slow and it wasn’t what I expected. But it did have an interesting plot and the acting was pretty good. I would rent it instead of seeing it in the theaters. OVER ALL: 2/5...


By daydreamer8079
I personally thought this movie was brilliant. It was so emotional and had an amazing plot twist. Full of love and betrayal, I recommend that you buy this movie. The acting was even fantastic, musch...


By Bashadoodle
I'm a little late with this one but boy was it good. It held my attention the whole time. Very suspenseful. Interesting material, very well acted and Jessica Alba was amazing. Funny how an expression...

Short but Great Plot

By Max'sMom
I took my husband who cant sit through a movie w/o talking however, he sat through the entire movie and really enjoyed it. Jessica isn't the greatest actress but the plot was really exciting. It took...


By adam28
ok so theres already reviews for a movie that hasnt been released yet. and by the looks of it none of these are technically reviews. thought id put my 2 cents in anyways. first of all how can this...

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Rated R | For language, an intense disturbing situation, and brief drug use
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