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.
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.