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The Awakening (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Awakening never quite quickens the pulse the way it should, yet it remains a well-acted and handsomely assembled example of an old-fashioned supernatural thriller.

Movie Info

Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), author of the popular book "Seeing Through Ghosts," has devoted her career to exposing claims of the supernatural as nothing but hoaxes. Haunted by the recent death of her fiancé, she is approached by Robert Mallory (Dominic West) to investigate the recent death of a student at the all-boys boarding school where he teaches. When students at the school report sightings of the young boy's ghost, she decides to take on the case. Initially, the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank, but as Florence continues to investigate events at the school, she begins to believe that her reliance on science may not be enough to explain the strange phenomenon going on around her. -- (C) Cohen Media Groupmore
Rating: R (for some violence and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Murphy, Stephen Volk
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 29, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
Cohen Media Group - Official Site


Rebecca Hall
as Florence Cathcart
Dominic West
as Robert Mallory
Imelda Staunton
as Maud Hill
Shaun Dooley
as Malcolm McNair
Joseph Mawle
as Edward Judd
Lucy Cohu
as Constance Strickland
John Shrapnel
as Reverend Hugh Purslo...
Diana Kent
as Harriet Cathcart
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Critic Reviews for The Awakening

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (22)

Though the story spirals a little out of control in the film's final scenes, "The Awakening" offers the low-key pleasures of an old-fashioned thriller and a lovely central performance.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The cast is anchored by two wonderful actresses: Imelda Staunton and Rebecca Hall, whose talents are squandered on this lackluster horror drama.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

When these sudden surprises work, as in "A Beautiful Mind" or "The Others," you're too stunned to swallow that next handful of popcorn; when they don't, you're tempted to throw your whole box at the screen.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A dull British import that never lives up to the pretensions of its period setting.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage."

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Awakening

Saved by a decent twist at the end, but is pretty dull viewing getting there. I was glad I stuck with it, though - genuinely creepy at the end.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


in the beginning of the movie really I didn't find it attractive, and during it there were alot of ups and downs, some were boring and make no sense, and other were a confusing nice tension, but in the last 30 min I figured all the things out,really it was an amazing end.

Mhd Ekrayem

Super Reviewer

A more than average British thriller that excites the senses.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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