The Awakening
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Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of the popular book "Seeing Through Ghosts," has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy's ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the story spirals a little out of control in the film's final scenes, "The Awakening" offers the low-key pleasures of an old-fashioned thriller and a lovely central performance."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"When these sudden surprises work, as in "A Beautiful Mind" or "The Others," you're too stunned to swallow that next handful of popcorn; when they don't, you're tempted to throw your whole box at the screen."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"a ghost story that wants to be more than just a ghost story, but in the process of trying to be a movie that transcends a genre, it insults the genre"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"[Rebecca Hall] captures Florence's flinty intelligence and the vulnerability that emerges as she slowly discovers the school's dark secrets."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Murphy exhibits a deft touch for a first-timer and can feel satisfied that his film honours the tradition of such spooky Brit works as The Haunting and The Innocents."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting."
‑ Chris Berube, Globe and Mail
"The Awakening glides ghost-like through its story, laying its own elaborate traps along the way."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"Pretty good, but more pretty than good."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"... manages some effectively creepy imagery along with a few clever plot twists."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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
"An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage.""
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"The Awakening is a handsome, well-acted thriller with a script that's never cringe-inducing. So why did it sneak its way onto home video with no fanfare?"
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Exquisite production design and admirable performances can't overcome the lackluster scares."
‑ Sean O'Connell,
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