Dead Man Walking Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 31, 2002
An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.
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Washington Post
January 1, 2000
An extremely affecting experience
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
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.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It will send you home with more than a few long thoughts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Bruce Reid
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Robbins and Susan Sarandon, have crafted a film that transcends its own political message by a scrupulous attention to detail.
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January 1, 2000
Don't go unadvised, and don't plan anything too frivolous for right afterwards. But do go.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A daring stand and a daring, uncompromised film.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Acting rarely gets better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Penn gives an astonishing performance and delivers exactly what Dead Man Walking needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The picture is cloudy in intent.
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Keith Simanton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Sarandon, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for this role, is superb, but Penn is extraordinary.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Its final moments leave us awash in emotion.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Entertainment Weekly
December 29, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: A