Much of the three-hour movie takes place in the prison, but the resonant characterization, expansive plotting, and judicious use of exterior locations and flashbacks turn the walls into windows.
Thoughtful, intelligent movie for older teens.
| Original Score: 4/5
...despite the clichés and stereotypes, the film's cast manages to lift it from the depths of the commonplace and make watching it enjoyable.
| Original Score: 7/10
How many blockbusters deal with that kind of grief?
To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.
Though the film drifts off down some long blind alleys, when Darabont exercises discipline the result is highly effective.
Dotted with many fine moments, clotted with a few flabby ones.
Overextending its welcome, Frank Darabont's film is the most commercially popular adaptation of a Stephen King novella, but it's also a slow, often dull prison drama.
| Original Score: C+
The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.
Although The Green Mile is a satisfying and affecting movie, it's not The Shawshank Redemption -- not by a long shot.
One of the best prison films ever made.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mr. Jingles was robbed! (no mouse-Oscar)
This movie is being described as inspiring? To me it just seems morbid, melancholy, sad, and far too long.
| Original Score: C
Of all the movies based on King novels, The Green Mile ranks near the top -- but below Darabont's first, The Shawshank Redemption.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.
| Original Score: 1/4
Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery.
| Original Score: 5/5
Hanks and the other guards' acting is impeccable as would be expected, but Duncan and his fellow prisoners are also disturbingly real.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A deeply racist movie, though clearly none of the filmmakers thinks so... By the picture's end, we are asked to grasp electrocution as in some way an act of benevolence.
| Original Score: D-
Suffice it to say you must be willing to buy some pretty incredible stuff if you want to enjoy this experience.
Its emotional rewards outshine its faults.
| Original Score: 3/4