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6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
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  1. 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 plot twists, and British pacing, you're in luck.
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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: Claudia Puig
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    The handsome production design notwithstanding, The Awakening is not an elegant thriller. It's more like solemn drivel.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 18, 2012
    70
    The Awakening has the good sense to find a mood and stick with it. It's not afraid to take itself seriously. It'll send shivers up your spine, both as a thriller and as the melodrama it eventually becomes.