75

New York Post

The self-possessed Hall is well-suited to this proto-feminist role, smoking and rolling her eyes as the pasty old men around her exclaim, for what is clearly the millionth time, "An educated woman!" as if she were a zoo animal.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
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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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A too-rare instance in which a gifted young actor signs on for a fright flick without coming away tainted, The Awakening places Rebecca Hall in a convincing historical setting and gives her more to do than widen her eyes in fear.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Not to be confused with a dramatization of Kate Chopin's great 1899 proto-feminist novel, this by-the-numbers British ghost story, set just after WWI, devotes a lot of energy to set decoration.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

There is a rich movie to be made about this culture of fake seers and gullible marks, but it isn't The Awakening, a dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The handsome production design notwithstanding, The Awakening is not an elegant thriller. It's more like solemn drivel.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Perhaps this is a film that needs to be seen several times to fully understand the last 20 minutes. But in my book, that's not what a great ghost story should do.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This stately chiller owes a lot to 1960s British flicks like "The Innocents" and "The Haunting," but unfortunately heads towards cliches with every step.
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38

Washington Post

The Awakening is nonsense, but with its posh British cast and colors drained to near-gray, it's very solemn nonsense.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Awakening looks great but never develops a plot with enough clarity to engage us, and the solution to the mystery is I am afraid disappointingly standard.
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53 out of 100
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