The Awakening Not to be confused with a dramatization of Kate Chopin's great 1899 proto-feminist novel, this by-the-numbers British ghost story, set just after WWI, devotes a… The Awakening Not to be confused with a dramatization of Kate Chopin's great 1899 proto-feminist novel, this by-the-numbers British ghost story, set just after WWI, devotes a… 2012-08-17 R PT102M
Movie Review

The Awakening (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
THE AWAKENING Rebecca Hall
THE AWAKENING Rebecca Hall
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Aug 17, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 102 Minutes

Not to be confused with a dramatization of Kate Chopin's great 1899 proto-feminist novel, this by-the-numbers British ghost story, set just after WWI, devotes a lot of energy to set decoration. A professional hoax exposer (Rebecca Hall) rethinks her skepticism as she pursues spectral sightings at a traditionally gloomy boarding school for traditionally sad lads. Dominic West personifies the melancholia of a country overwhelmed by death. As the house matron, Imelda Staunton embodies the spirit of lady thespians always up for a role requiring hair in a bun. B-

Originally posted Aug 08, 2012 Published in issue #1220-1221 Aug 24, 2012 Order article reprints