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] show more
De Niro's widely praised performance is like the rest of the film: competent, a product of hard work and borderline mechanical. I like much of Awakenings, including several supporting performances - but like Big, it left me just a little cold. [20 Dec 1990, p.5D] show more
The director Penny Marshall has gone straight to the heart of this complex story and made a powerfully poignant and illuminating film. She doesn't hesitate to push for the grand sentimental moment, but balances the teary stuff with restraint and humor. To be sure, Awakenings seems calculated to induce weeping -- and it does, without making the weeper feel cheap. [20 Dec 1990, p.A14] show more
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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 a medical hero who is a champion for all people.