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Awakenings

PG-13 In Theaters 12/20/1990 , 121min.
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Viewer Score
92%
Viewer score based on 5 ratings
74%
Critic score based on 18 reviews

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July 31, 2008
Honeydove64
WIlliams plays roles in slapstick and humor,but this is a more serious challenge for him; As Dr. Sayer,he plays someone willing to help his patients enjoy a healthier life.DiNiro plays Leonard Lowe,who is desperate for a way to stop his shaking all over;WhenSayer tries various formulas and changes to the patients' medication,he notices things don't go right.I enjoy this film, because it portrays

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Washington Post
Knee-jerk tears aside, there's nothing tremendously special. It's very watchable, but it doesn't stand out. Which is not to say the film is badly done; it's just decently done. Full Review
Desson Howe
Washington Post
Knee-jerk tears aside, there's nothing tremendously special. It's very watchable, but it doesn't stand out. Which is not to say the film is badly done; it's just decently done. Full Review
Janet Maslin
The New York Times
Awakenings both sentimentalizes its story and oversimplifies it beyond recognition. At no point does the film express more than one idea at a time. And the idea expressed, more often than not, is as banal as the reality was bizarre. Full Review
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
Director Penny Marshall's choreography encompasses emotional as well as physical ebbs and flows. Awakenings lives up to its title. [11 Jan 1991] Full Review
Judy Stone
San Francisco Chronicle
Awakenings is a troubling film, but it's also a courageous one that dares to tackle a difficult subject with sensitivity and honesty. [20 Dec 1990, p.E1] Full Review

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