The Awakening
The Awakening (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2013
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Awakening never quite quickens the pulse the way it should, yet it remains a well-acted and handsomely assembled example of an old-fashioned supernatural thriller.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Jessica Butler
Bust Magazine

If you're in the mood for some serious spooks with solid acting, The Awakening is worth checking out; but I wouldn't go out of my way if you're looking for anything more than that.

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Chris Berube
Globe and Mail

A dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting.

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Scott Weinberg

A concise little old-school British ghost story, and I say there's always room for a few more of those.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage."

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite a promising beginning and a solid art direction, this conventional ghost story never goes beyond its clearly derivative narrative - which, among many… More
Film Crazy
A more than average British thriller that excites the senses.
Nicki Marie
Saved by a decent twist at the end, but is pretty dull viewing getting there. I was glad I stuck with it, though - genuinely creepy at the end.
Melvin White
Maud Hill: There's no place on earth people understand loneliness better than here. "All the children are gone... except one." The Awakening is… More
Mhd Ekrayem
in the beginning of the movie really I didn't find it attractive, and during it there were alot of ups and downs, some were boring and make no sense, and… More
Dead Angel
Totally unexpected ending. Was scary and also entertaining.