Awake

Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Awake is a pleasing if negligible diversion.
  2. Too bad, because until it essentially turns into a medical-thriller version of "Look Who's Talking," the movie hums along comfortably enough as slick B fare.
  3. Christensen delivers a low-key performance that is ultimately quite appealing, and he's well matched by the beautiful Alba. Olin brings unexpected depths to what could have been a stock role, and Terrence Howard uses his easy ability to project innate decency to excellent effect.
  4. 50
    Awake is short enough (about 85 minutes) that it doesn't wear out its welcome. It's not a good movie but it's silly and lively enough to keep most viewers from dozing off, even if that might be a more profitable use of their time.
  5. With a couple of more drafts to mend the plot holes and restructure the middle act, Awake could have been saved.
  6. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    50
    You won't see the twist coming, thanks to a clever and precise piece of casting, but that's the best compliment that can be paid to Awake, a plotty and unfocused medical thriller.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    40
    Harold's thriller does have an attention-getting plot hook, but piles on too many narrative gimmicks to maintain suspense or credibility.
  8. 40
    Trashily in-your-face thriller, which leans heavily for its effects on intense sympathy pain, improbable reversals and the mystifying star appeal of Jessica Alba.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    5
    This movie gets two big thumbs up for eye candy and the background story. The plot and flow of the movie however are both weak. This film isThis movie gets two big thumbs up for eye candy and the background story. The plot and flow of the movie however are both weak. This film is based on phenomena of anesthetic awareness, something we saw for the first time, 15 years earlier in a Tales From The Crypt episode. It was a great episode and seemed like it should make a good movie, but this wasn't it. Awake moves very slowly and is pretty boring for the first 45 minutes or so, and after that it just jumps around. Hayden yelling at people who can't hear him, gets old, quickly, but it continues to go on and on and on. It has a good cast, its a great idea, but it's only a decent story, and much too slow for me. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2011
    2
    The entire idea of the film was great and I thought it started off interesting as well but it just fell apart. Poor acting, Plot takes a hugeThe entire idea of the film was great and I thought it started off interesting as well but it just fell apart. Poor acting, Plot takes a huge turn for the worst, and it ends poorly as well. Full Review »
  3. Feb 3, 2011
    7
    At start u think its drama, but as movie folds out, it reveals its true "face". Must see on all scales, because of great acting, great scriptAt start u think its drama, but as movie folds out, it reveals its true "face". Must see on all scales, because of great acting, great script and fabulous directing. Tension is on all the time, and this is just one of those movies that are not welcomed proprely by audience, dont ask me why...7 stars. Full Review »