Shine Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste, but some of that illumination is the work of our own reflector lamps.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
February 1, 2011
Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Stratton
Variety
October 18, 2008
[Helfgott's] extraordinary life is intelligently charted here, and the three actors who play him at different stages are all exceptional.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 25, 2007
With the exception of a few overwrought scenes, Hicks' Australian biopic of pianist David Helfgott, which caused a bidding war at the 1996 Sundance Fest, is fresh and emotionally stirring without being sentimental or cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 11, 2005
Inspiring, memorable cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I declare "Shine" to be the best film of the year!
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net
January 11, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
January 4, 2003
A tremendous biopic about overcoming the odds. It's what 'A Beautiful Mind' wants to grow up to be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
November 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Australia's gift to the movie world this year is a shimmering jewel called Shine.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Pays tribute to the important role of soul-friends in the nurturing of one's creative talents.

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
I went from disliking the movie the first time to coming, grudgingly, to respect it as a very clever, albeit misleading, melodrama.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Inspired by the real story of classical pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" re-creates that emotionally piercing story, note by memorable note.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
August 31, 2001
Dará mucho de qué hablar, y les dejará un grato sabor de boca. Imposible no verla.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Faultless performances from all the cast help deliver a film of humour and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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