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
  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
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  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. 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. Jun 9, 2013
    3
    The Awakening, although having an excellent setting and brandishing some fine actors, falls short of being a good horror-thriller as it steps from one cliche into another, causing the movie to feel long-winded. Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2013
    7
    This film shows that we can still make original horror films and not just relay the same old trash. The plot was strong and the acting paid off. I definite must watch. Full Review »