Awake

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

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  • Summary: Awake is a psychological thriller about a common occurrence called "anesthetic awareness," a horrifying phenomenon wherein a patient's failed anesthesia leaves him fully conscious but physically paralyzed during surgery. The patient's charming new wife is forced to struggle with her ownAwake is a psychological thriller about a common occurrence called "anesthetic awareness," a horrifying phenomenon wherein a patient's failed anesthesia leaves him fully conscious but physically paralyzed during surgery. The patient's charming new wife is forced to struggle with her own demons as a terrifying drama unfolds around the couple. (The Weinstein Company) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. 75
    A surprisingly effective thriller.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 33
    Only the so-bad-it's-good crowd need apply.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    30
    Harold’s glum overplotting squashes the sick humor and the innate fear of hospitals that gives the premise what kick it has; not even Craig McKay’s clever editing can defibrillate the preposterous ending.
  7. Possibly the worst movie of 2007.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. AlbertoS.
    Jan 4, 2008
    10
    I really liked it! It's amazing to take a glance at the pain of a mother and witness what they're capable of... I went home and I really liked it! It's amazing to take a glance at the pain of a mother and witness what they're capable of... I went home and gave my mom a hug! Good cast, great acting.. It was great! Expand
  2. SkylerI
    Dec 8, 2007
    9
    I went to see it with a group of friends, and we all loved it! It's not a horror movie, and is less of a thriller than I expected, so if I went to see it with a group of friends, and we all loved it! It's not a horror movie, and is less of a thriller than I expected, so if that's what you're expecting you may be disappointed. However, there are unique and shocking plot twists, and a fantastic end, which may or may not come as a surprising tear-jerker. It's surprisingly like The Invisible, so I would recommend it to all fans of that movie. Expand
  3. BrandonW.
    Mar 7, 2008
    8
    I rarely disagree with the critics; they are generally quite on par but this time some of them are waaaay off par. This movie was I rarely disagree with the critics; they are generally quite on par but this time some of them are waaaay off par. This movie was surprisingly very good, acting was decent but the storyline was amongst the best I have seen in a while. Expand
  4. NellS.
    Dec 2, 2007
    7
    I expected worse, but since I'm having surgery next week, I was curious. The movie held my attention and was a very servicable thriller. I expected worse, but since I'm having surgery next week, I was curious. The movie held my attention and was a very servicable thriller. Read Ebert's review before passing judgement. Expand
  5. KatherineS.
    Dec 1, 2007
    5
    I just left feeling unsatisfied somehow. it just wasn't very good storytelling. but it was about as entertaining as a night at home I just left feeling unsatisfied somehow. it just wasn't very good storytelling. but it was about as entertaining as a night at home watching a good drama tv show. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. BobS.
    Dec 1, 2007
    0
    Utter crap. Made my eyeballs bleed. Extended voiceover for brain-dead plot. Hayden is the new Keanu. Line: 'This is so f- obvious!' Utter crap. Made my eyeballs bleed. Extended voiceover for brain-dead plot. Hayden is the new Keanu. Line: 'This is so f- obvious!' Exactly. Expand

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