Waking the Dead


Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. One of the most powerful romances of recent years, it is as generous as they come.
  2. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Gordon directs with a graceful precision and shorthand that makes the story seem simple, though it's anything but. Indeed, it's fascinatingly complex, juggling time periods and political, mystical, and psychological themes without ever losing touch with the core message: Love conquers all.
  3. It is a film of uncommon intelligence and rigor that illuminates a complex era, and the romance at its center is also one of exceptional passion and honesty.
  4. 75
    It's almost startling to see a film that believes in itself and its characters so deeply.
  5. A film with a real depth, resonance and texture, and room for an ensemble of supporting characters.
  6. 75
    Gordon deserves credit for at least attempting to deal with political themes, and the tension isn't bad either.
  7. Offbeat tale, which tackles weighty themes. But sentimentality overtakes intelligence.
  8. Structurally flawed, occasionally shlocky, but written with unusual intelligence and subtlety.
  9. 70
    Catches the volatile beauty of what it was to be alive and politically aware in the early '70s with a rare accuracy and depth.
  10. 70
    This wonderfully acted romance brings the touching fantasy "Truly, Madly, Deeply" to mind.
  11. A pensive, reflective movie, more or less equal in tone to Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm," yet, because of its temporal breadth and tight emotional focus, it packs a more intimate punch.
  12. 63
    Has a good heart and some fine performances, but is too muddled at the story level to involve us emotionally.
  13. As involved as Crudup and Connelly beseech you to be with this story, their very youthfulness, their nagging lack of adulthood, keeps the film from being anything more credible than a tight grad-school tryst.
  14. Its virtues are still genuine and durable enough to resist the blandishments of hype.
  15. 58
    The movie is a shambles, a rambling, disjointed love tragedy with a story that amounts to little more than a mess of fade-outs, sloppy montages, and dramatic sketches.
  16. 50
    Its evocation of the politics and Zeitgeist of the late '60s is so right on, as we used to say, that it left me stunned.
  17. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's too fragmented and diffuse to ever bring its parts together in any really satisfying manner.
  18. Enough to anesthetize the living.
  19. 50
    By the time of Fielding's and Sarah's final, gooey encounter, she's not the only one who needs waking.
  20. 50
    The film is one of the more adult offerings out there in a spring movie season peppered with martial arts and superheroes. It may be just what you're looking for.
  21. 50
    A tale of conscience lost and found becomes little more than a smart but tepid ghost story for idealists and '60s survivors, and not a terribly spooky one at that.
  22. 50
    Crudup tends to take average parts in standard genre films and turn them into something special.
  23. Forever stumbling over itself and breaking its own spell.
  24. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Gorden teases out some affecting scenes, but not enough to carry a film that promises more than it delivers.
  25. As so often happens, politics and religion add up to a double dose of self-righteousness.
  26. Spanning the counterculture '70s to the more career-oriented '80s and doing justice to neither decade, this event-heavy adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel may give viewers whiplash.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MeganR.
    Sep 24, 2007
    this movie is so great!ever since i seen it, i can't stop, Jennifer has done the best ever in her performance! 10.