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Dead Man Walking Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The picture is cloudy in intent.
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
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.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
This feels like a giant cop-out.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Absorbing, surprising, technically superb and worth talking about for a long time afterward
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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
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
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Its objectivity is what makes it so controversial and fascinating.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 6, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 20, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Rob Blackwelder
March 6, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
is the finest, least compromised film about capital punishment ever advancing a gently stated 'anti' view but going the extra 100 miles to give victims their due.
| Original Score: 4/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 9, 2001
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Gino Moliterno
Senses of Cinema
July 30, 2010
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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