• R, 2 hr. 22 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Frank Darabont
    In Theaters:
    Sep 10, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 27, 1998
  • Columbia Pictures

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The Shawshank Redemption Reviews

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Watching these actors work together is a real treat, and they more than make up for the script's deficiencies.

Full Review Source: Patheos

June 3, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Simply marvelous entertainment.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 16, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Freeman, who is simply a great actor, a man who has never struck a false note in his career, both narrates this tale and anchors it with his authoritative playing.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 15, 2011

Film4

Powerful, poignant, thought-provoking and finally irresistibly uplifting.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

June 15, 2011
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

June 15, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Spiritually moving old-fashioned prison pic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

March 16, 2011
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Gritty but comforting story of friendship.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

I love this film. It's a story about hope and dreams and one whose emotional impact is as great as the Pacific Ocean is blue.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

February 27, 2009

Hollywood.com

Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...itself a testament to overcoming odds. It is sentimental and stereotyped, yet we are able not only to suspend our disbelief but to root for it all the way.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

November 19, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...has certainly earned its reputation as one of the most effective prison movies in cinematic history...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

It's an old-school melodrama at heart, sturdy and forthright and upstanding, but without a whisper of complexity or wit.

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

September 23, 2007
Leonard Klady
Variety
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A testament to the human spirit...

Full Review Source: Variety

June 28, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A 'life-affirming' tale about life imprisonment, The Shawshank Redemption is the kind of old-fashioned entertainment that is easily overvalued in an era of diminishing expectations.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

June 28, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 28, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

I have not read Stephen King's novella (his first non-horror), but some of the movie's deficiencies, such as the old-fashioned morality tale and portentous messge about camarderie and redemption--must have been in the source material.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

January 13, 2007
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

An amazing movie. Easily one of the best movies made during the 90s and definitely one of the top 'prison' movies of all-time. Pretty much everything about this movie works and works extremely well!

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 10/10

June 24, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

An unhurried, engulfing prison drama.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 10, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons.

| Original Score: 4/4

January 25, 2006
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