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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
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Dragan Antulov
April 4, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Blackwelder
March 6, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 6, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 24, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | 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.
Gino Moliterno
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 9, 2001
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