• 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

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
Leonard Klady
Variety
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A testament to the human spirit...

Full Review Source: Variety

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
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

Boston Globe
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It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth, with an ending that abruptly finds poetic justice in what has come before.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

May 12, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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It's a devoutly old-fashioned, spiritually uplifting prison drama about two lifers who must break their emotional shackles before they can finally become free men.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Thanks to fine performances and beautiful photography, you get that inspirational jump-start frame after frame.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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With his gift for rapt pauses, for caressing just the right syllable, Freeman can make a speech like that sound like one of the philosophical nuggets of the ages.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

September 10, 1994
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