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Dead Man Walking Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The picture is cloudy in intent.

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
Film.com
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Robbins, who also wrote the script, is no Truman Capote, let alone a Victor Hugo, and his film trips up constantly on indecisiveness about what it is he's trying to say.

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

This feels like a giant cop-out.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 7, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

May 23, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Absorbing, surprising, technically superb and worth talking about for a long time afterward

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Dead Man Walking could easily be manipulative or exploitative, but it's neither. Instead, this is hard-hitting drama that neither accepts nor offers quarter.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

November 24, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

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

March 28, 2003
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Dead Man Walking is a provocative, well-made film on a surprisingly intelligent level.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Dead Man Walking is one courageous film, one of the very best of its time.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2006
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Its objectivity is what makes it so controversial and fascinating.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

It probably isn't for everyone, but Dead Man Walking is a tale that needs to be heard and that will likely provide material for hours of philosophical debate.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 5/5

February 6, 2003
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 20, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This important film exposes the cruelty of death by lethal injection and shows that hate is the worst prison of all.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

February 22, 2002
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

| Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Dead Man Walking was worth the river of tears I waded through on my way out.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 14, 2003
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 9, 2001
Gino Moliterno
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010

Time Out
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January 26, 2006
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