Wide Awake
Wide Awake (1998)

Philadelphia-based M. Night Shyamalan directed this coming-of-age story about fifth-grader Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross), who is closer to his Grandpa Beal (Robert Loggia) than his own parents (Dana Delany, Denis Leary). Flashbacks trace the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 20, 1998
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The fact is, just too many of the characters and plot points are right out of the stock room: the obligatory fat kid; the obligatory bully; the obligatory kid whose parents can't really afford Catholic school tuition ...

Emanuel Levy

Earnest, overly familiar coming-of-age tale

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Children, too, will be bored to tears navigating through some of the talky spiritual gunk.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Beneath its suffocating, smug sentimentality, you have to look hard to uncover a single moment of truth and genuine feeling.

Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A pretentious, preachy first movie from an arguably great filmmaker.

James Berardinelli

I was aware of the problems, but that didn't diminish the warm, fuzzy glow I was experiencing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I wonder who the movie was made for.

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Tom Meek
Film Threat

The film pursues its sensitive material with the appropriate degree of care, but the direction by M. Night Shyamalan turns potentially provocative moments into dull eddies of melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Such a cute little film with a strong message.
Jackson Walsh
Adorable, down-to-earth, and spiritually in-depth. There's more to this film than what you may have heard.
Kevin M
Shyamalan's 1st commercial film is certainly one worth watching. This film focuses on a 5th-grader's journey to find god following his… More