The Awakening

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 29, 2012
    38
    The Awakening looks great but never develops a plot with enough clarity to engage us, and the solution to the mystery is I am afraid disappointingly standard.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Aug 16, 2012
    38
    The Awakening is nonsense, but with its posh British cast and colors drained to near-gray, it's very solemn nonsense.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 15, 2012
    25
    The film takes pains to ensure that the story feel like laborious toil rather than a trip through the dark side of the ethereal.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    7
    This film is a good example of how modern horror films could be more original, rather than stick to the norm found on today's screens.This film is a good example of how modern horror films could be more original, rather than stick to the norm found on today's screens. Delivering itself like an early 1900s adaptation, the film captures the feel of the era through its sets, locations and costume design. Although the scares are sometimes expected, what's fresh here is the addition of tension created through the brilliant sound editing and score. There is certainly a bigger inclusion of drama than a lot of other horro films, to help the audience connect with our heroine through character development. Atmospheric, dark and creep, The Awakening is a tense post-WWI gothic horror which I would consider in the same vein as The Woman In Black. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2013
    4
    The movie was alright and was no better then the paranormal activity franchise, The paranormal activity movies are more entertaining then thisThe movie was alright and was no better then the paranormal activity franchise, The paranormal activity movies are more entertaining then this and the trailer may be more entertaining. This movie was dull, boring and wasn't original but it had good editing and acting and that contributed a lot to the value of the production and story. Story 2/10, Editing 8/10, Camera shot and composition 5/10, Acting 9/10, sound and boom operation 6/10, sound mixing 5/10, Entertaining 1./10. Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    9
    If you're looking for cat scares, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a film with atmosphere, impending horror, excellent plotIf you're looking for cat scares, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a film with atmosphere, impending horror, excellent plot twists, and British pacing, you're in luck. Full Review »