Waking the Dead
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A man finds his melancholy turning to madness in this thriller. Young lawyer Fielding Pierce (Billy Crudup) has just thrown his hat in the ring for an upcoming congressional election. He has also been haunted by the memory of his girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), who recently died in a car bombing -- and haunted not just figuratively but literally: he's seeing apparitions of Sarah everywhere, and he's starting to wonder if she's really there or if he's going mad. Waking the Dead is based on a novel by Scott Spencer, who also wrote Endless Love, and directed by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can embrace this movie's message, which has less to do with political agendas than basic human decency and the enduring power of love. And if that's not enough to make a film worthwhile, we don't know what is."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A powerful story of love and politics."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Crudup and Connelly outperform the material."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Connely's great, but Crudup's a revelation in this serious and sobering romantic tragedy."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"The specter of the film lingers long after it's over, and the memory of it grows more affectionate."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Painfully earnest."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a good fit for anyone who loves fine acting."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Waking the Dead is D.O.A., and none of its manifest good intentions are capable of resuscitating it."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"As boring as batshit"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Great performances by Crudup and Connely can't quite save it from a tedious and meandering script."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"Waking the Dead may put you to sleep."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"When we invest emotional capital, we deserve a payoff."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An enticingly adult drama that frustratingly loses the nerve to follow its richest threads."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"I really liked the fragmented structure and was impressed as usual by Billy Crudup."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"A moving drama about loss that is not what you'd expect."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
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