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During surgery, more than 60,000 people domestically each year experience "anesthetical awareness," a condition when anesthesia fails during surgery, leaving one completely conscious and feeling every incision, but paralyzed and incapable of doing anything about it. This is what happens to Clay.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Awake feels like an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode unfolding in slow motion, with each new revelation coming a reel or two after viewers have guessed it."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"[Joby] Harold's script has a surprise or three in it, a biggy near the end. But he's a director with no poker face. He tips his hand early and often."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Writer-director Joby Harold's debut is stylishly self-assured and suspenseful enough to quicken the pulse."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Less painful than having your chest cut open, but a disagreeable experience just the same."
‑ James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"much better than i expected"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"A medical thriller with a noggin full of novocaine, this shocker about a botched heart surgery evidently suffered brain surgery to match."
‑ Jim Ridley, L.A. Weekly
"Awake is a pleasing if negligible diversion."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Outlandish, preposterous, contrived,and implausible thriller which happens to be fun if you ignore the fact that it's outlandish,preposterous,contrived and implausible."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Se um ator admirável como Terrence Howard surge tão constrangedor neste longa, que chances teriam pobres aspirantes a intérpretes como Hayden Christensen e Jessica Alba?"
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It becomes more and more fun as the twists pile up -- not entirely convincing, but diverting, like something concocted by a bright eighth-grader."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"With a couple of more drafts to mend the plot holes and restructure the middle act, Awake could have been saved."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The plot has more holes in it than a tea bag and the film should come with a warning label: don't go see with anyone with even a modicum of medical knowledge, because they'll surely spend the film huffing and rolling their eyes skyward."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Imagine it's a comedy and pray for the end."
‑ Matt Glasby, Film4
"Sex, Lies and Surgical Tape meets I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus!"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Harold sustains an unsettling tone and the graphic depiction of what goes on under the knife is, well, a surgery-phobic patient's worst nightmare"
‑ Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist (B.C., Canada)
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