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Marking the writing and directorial debut of Henry LeRoy Finch, Wake revolves around four estranged brothers whose reunion, through no conscious effort of their own, takes place on the eve of their mother's death. Shot entirely on location in Bath, ME, Wake is told from the perspective of Sebastian (Martin Landau), a struggling writer who has been burdened with the care of his rapidly deteriorating mother. Through flashbacks, Sebastian recounts the odd night from beginning to end. There's also Raymond (Blake Gibbons), fresh out of prison and equipped with a mean streak from hell; Kyle… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

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"Strong thesping and solid staging, atmospherically accompanied by disorienting, darkly folksy Ramsay Midwood songs make Wake surprisingly watchable."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"A self-conscious exercise in indie-minded pretension."
‑ , New York Daily News
"A sour piece of work without a stitch of humor, taking itself too seriously... dramatic aspirations dead on arrival."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Feels like a stagy adaptation of an already contrived play."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"A hackneyed gothic tale invoking those traditional American family values of secrets and lies, the film fails to transcend its derivative literary aspirations."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Each brother fulfills a different purpose in the plot, and because they don't allow you to get too emotionally close, they're not as predictable. They're more real."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
"Strictly straight-to-video fodder."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Roy Finch's shrill, derivative independent film is largely a one-set affair that seems to have been transplanted from its natural home somewhere Off-Off-Off Broadway."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"If you're already asking, 'Why don't these alcoholic losers just stop picking at their mental scabs and grow up?' this is not the movie for you."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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