Excerpt: The first feature directed by prolific television director, who co-wrote with Stephen Volk, 2011’s The Awakening is set in the England of 1921 and introduces us to a woman named Florence Cathcart who has come to some notoriety for her ability to expose supernatural incidents as hoax.
Conclusion: The Awakening isn't going to rouse a tried and true horror aficionado any more than it will wake the dead. But as routine haunted house genre pics go, it's a decent one. Even better than decent I'd argue.
Conclusion: There's a grim moodiness to 'The Awakening,' but its horror concepts fall flat. The haunted house movie has been done over and over. There's just nothing here that warrants special mention. There's nothing that distances this movie from the hundreds of other ghostly movies out there.
Excerpt: If ParaNorman , also in theaters now, is a stop-motion-animated spin on the tried-and-true Scooby-Doo formula, then Nick Murphy’s The Awakening is the handsome, period-sensitive and refined interpretation of the beloved Ruby-Spears cartoon.
Excerpt: The Awakening 's general premise (and opening scene particularly) recall Red Lights , from just a couple of weeks back; the broad strokes are reminiscent of The Others and last spring's Woman in Black ; hell, there's even a shout-out to Psycho , with a replication of the peephole shot that rivals...
Excerpt: Set in a 1921 England still reeling from World War I and the influenza pandemic that followed, The Awakening is an upscale supernatural tale in the vein of The Orphanage and The Others , a film that tries to balance its genre elements with human drama.
Excerpt: Having received its world premiere at this year�s Toronto International Film Festival and also screening last week at the London Film Festival, you may think that British supernatural horror The Awakening isn�t just your average haunted house tale. You'd be right.
Summary: Though handsome to look at, so-so supernatural chiller "The Awakening" recalls "The Others," "The Orphanage" and other haunted-house tales of recent vintage, making an impression more derivative than memorable.