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The Awakening

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Nick Murphy

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About the Movie

Set in London in 1921, Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall), 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 67
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: For all of its airs of refinement, "The Awakening" is pretty stale stuff. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Aug 16, 2012

Fresh: Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 8, 2012

Fresh: Hall's committed performance validates even the maddest developments, and she slips into the period well, recalling Virginia Woolf in her lank, swan-necked bearing and tremulous suffering. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Aug 14, 2012

Fresh: An enjoyably old-fashioned ghost story in the vein of "The Others" and "The Orphanage." – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Aug 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Decent scares, but only worth one watch

The Awakening is an old-fashioned ghost story. Creepy old house? Check. Dark, deserted hallways? Check. Scares? Check. There are many scares actually. I counted at least four, and those are the ones that made me jump. There's also plenty of slow-burn tension. Sometimes the burn is a bit too slow, though. And the flick is a titch too long. Still not sure about the late third act plot twist. At one point it's pretty effective, then it almost feels . . . silly. I'm not 100-per-cent sure I buy it. Felt almost like a cop out. Almost. I had high hopes for The Awakening. I dig old-school ghost stories and this was pretty old school, right down to the ball-down-the-stair sequence taken directly from The Changeling (still effective BTW). I dug it, but not enough to watch it again. A Bad from me.


as good as "The Others", but not quite. There are a few "jumps" but they're not as potent, somehow. The ending is not clear-cut…. can't say why or it will spoil it! It could have been tidied up better. A couple of sub-plots didn't make any sense. However, a great way to spend a couple of hours curled up with your loved one!


this was quite good. just my kind of suspenseful paranormal film!

The Awakening
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2013

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