Awakenings Quick Movie Reviews

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
3/4

Snoogans - wrote on 09/12/2015

Almost dips into a schmaltzy tone. Luckily, it's upheld by two strong convincing performances from De Niro and Williams. Manages to stratal the line of being uplifting and sad in equal measures. The catatonic illness is explored to fascinating discoveries. A fine drama.

Rating of
2/4

Yojimbo - wrote on 06/05/2012

Another decent but over-rated melodrama starring Robin Williams. DeNiro adds presence and the story is a moving one, but it all could've been done with rather more subtlety.

Rating of
2.5/4

donkeyknight - wrote on 05/03/2011

It's memorable, but falls short of greatness. Williams in yet another wise doctor role (his two modes: wise bearded man, annoying man-child). DeNiro's seeming desire to imitate Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man success. The minor roles were cast so well (Marge Simpson was the best part of the movie) it's a shame that the two main actors are unable to make you forget you're watching Williams and DeNiro.

Rating of
3.5/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 09/28/2010

I liked the understated tempo of this film and the way it's more of a subtle character drama about small triumphs, rather than some epic, bloated tale (cough, cough Forrest Gump). Solid, solid film.

Rating of
3/4

Chris Kavan - wrote on 10/06/2009

A good drama. The pairing of Robin Williams and De Niro works surprisingly well and the supporting cast is terrific. It's uplifting and tragic all at once - and that is something you rarely get out of any film.

Rating of
3.5/4

sapien - wrote on 08/01/2009

Yet another great De Niro movie. If only all Robin Williams movies were this good.

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