Before I Wake
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We Got This Covered
Before I Wake is a beautiful, meditative ghost story with one of the more rewarding horror payoffs I’ve seen in years.
Before I Wake's images have a pleasing straightforwardness that parallels the openness of the young protagonist's longing for love.
The A.V. Club
Before I Wake has its imperfections and moments of narrative lag, but its thoughtful touches and attention to character load Cody’s abilities and the threat of the Canker Man with a dramatic weight that often outbalances the generically spooky imagery.
It’s a flawed film, but there are elements that really work, especially the lead performance and some of Flanagan’s gifts with composition. Before I Wake is also particularly interesting to watch now as one can see it as a career stepping stone to the movies he's made since.
Consequence of Sound
As it lurches into its second act, Before I Wake begins slavishly following the beats of its studio horror contemporaries, (mostly) abandoning its nuance for rote investigations into the cause of the phenomena and horror set pieces that defy the previously established logic of the dream manifestations.
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