Dead Man Walking Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
A powerful and provocative film -- not quite a work of art, maybe, but close enough to demand your respectful attention.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 6, 2011
Has the distinction of including not one, but two of the greatest screen performances of all time...undeniably one of the most gut-churning emotional experiences of 1990s cinema... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 29, 2007
To say that the movie is neither for nor against capital punishment is disingenuous. Still, this is a fine and painful effort overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
June 10, 2006
Tim Robbins's balanced yet uncompromising approach refuses to judge any of the characters, including the killer (superlatively played by Sean Penn), instead giving each a fair chance to present their case with dignity and respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Dead Man Walking is one courageous film, one of the very best of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
The movie is neither indulgent in its portrayal of emotionally-charged subject matter, nor does it shy away from the consequences of murder.
| Original Score: A+
Michael Dequina
December 5, 2004
Penn proves once again that he should stop writing and directing and stick to what he does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Dead Man Walking was worth the river of tears I waded through on my way out.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 28, 2003
It takes a truly great film to be so passionate about its viewpoint while still acknowledging and dignifying those who feel differently.
| Original Score: 5/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
The best film ever made about walking the green mile. The performances of Penn and Sarandon will move you.
| Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
September 23, 2002
An incredibly moving meditation on capital punishment that takes on the unenviable task of showing it from all sides, and then being smart enough to let the audience decide for themselves.
| Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Dead Man Walking is one of these rare films that really makes you think and gives you things to discuss. But if it is indeed an important film, it's also well crafted and gripping.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 8, 2002
One of the most finely scripted, well acted films to come out of Hollywood. A modern masterpiece.
| Original Score: 10/10
Jean Oppenheimer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Intense yet subtlely handled on every level, Dead Man Walking is one of the most remarkable and memorable films of 1995
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 17, 2002
Crime and punishment are depicted in cruelly unflinching detail in Tim Robbins' deadly earnest, intermittently powerful death-row drama.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 22, 2002
This important film exposes the cruelty of death by lethal injection and shows that hate is the worst prison of all.
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 31, 2002
An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
One of the deepest human films in a long time, one that doesn't back down from baring the human soul and exploring the vastness of its complexities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Dead Man Walking is a provocative, well-made film on a surprisingly intelligent level.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
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