Lists: Comedy, Drama, Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999

Brief Synopsis: "The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them."

Overall Ranking: 846 (Rank from 1990: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 16.67%
Regular 83.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sober Film Critic James Brown88 - This movie could have been a typical something that fails to capture the beauty and tragedy of this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence in another director's hands. Instead, Awakenings is an atypical something that demonstrates the tremendous will of the human spirit in Marshall's hands.
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Jim Carrier81 - DeNiro & Robin Williams made a good duo in this movie about patients that have been catatonic for years & are given a new persciption drug that is supposed to bring them out of it. One of DeNiro's most underrated roles.
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
David Baruffi80
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Lisa Marie Bowman75 - Sentimental and sweet. It's impossible not to cheer a little for Awakenings.
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People Involved

  • Robert De Niro (Leonard Lowe)
  • Robin Williams (Dr. Malcolm Sayer)
  • Julie Kavner (Eleanor Costello)
  • Ruth Nelson (Mrs. Lowe)
  • John Heard (Dr. Kaufman)
  • Bradley Whitford (Dr. Tyler)
  • Penny Marshall (Director)