Awakenings Synopsis
A doctor (Robin Williams) tries the drug L-dopa on an immobile man (Robert De Niro).
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
After seeing Awakenings, I read it, to know more about what happened in that Bronx hospital. What both the movie and the book convey is the...
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The director Penny Marshall has gone straight to the heart of this complex story and made a powerfully poignant and illuminating film. She...
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Marshall elicits performances from Williams and De Niro that are exceptional. Awakenings is a small, simple movie about a large, complex...
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88

San Francisco Chronicle

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Awakenings is a troubling film, but it's also a courageous one that dares to tackle a difficult subject with sensitivity and honesty. [20...
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Director Penny Marshall's choreography encompasses emotional as well as physical ebbs and flows. Awakenings lives up to its title. [11 Jan...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
And so even if you're held (as I was) by the acting, you may find yourself fighting the film's design. It reflects a certain lack of faith...
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63

TV Guide

The script pushes all the expected buttons at all the expected moments, leaving you wondering what could have been achieved with a more...
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60

Empire

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Plucks at the heart-strings in a far too push-button way.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
Awakenings is a film that unquestionably succeeds on its own terms, though those terms are deeply suspect. It is a canny piece of false...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
De Niro's widely praised performance is like the rest of the film: competent, a product of hard work and borderline mechanical. I like much...
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Rated PG-13
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Robin Williams plays it serious in moving true story.
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