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Dead Man Walking Reviews

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February 22, 2018
It's a strong film, made stronger by two terrific performances. Penn's acting has ruthless honesty.
July 11, 2017
Intense '90s death-penalty drama has cursing, violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2016
It doesn't flinch from presenting the crime committed, and yet, it's a film that undoubtedly is against capital punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2016
It's an important film and a beautifully made film too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2014
A powerful and provocative film -- not quite a work of art, maybe, but close enough to demand your respectful attention.
June 6, 2011
Has the distinction of including not one, but two of the greatest screen performances of all time...undeniably one of the most gut-churning emotional experiences of 1990s cinema... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 29, 2007
To say that the movie is neither for nor against capital punishment is disingenuous. Still, this is a fine and painful effort overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 26, 2006
Dead Man Walking is one courageous film, one of the very best of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2005
The movie is neither indulgent in its portrayal of emotionally-charged subject matter, nor does it shy away from the consequences of murder.
Read More | Original Score: A+
December 5, 2004
Penn proves once again that he should stop writing and directing and stick to what he does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 14, 2003
Dead Man Walking was worth the river of tears I waded through on my way out.
| Original Score: 4/4
March 28, 2003
It takes a truly great film to be so passionate about its viewpoint while still acknowledging and dignifying those who feel differently.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 10, 2003
The best film ever made about walking the green mile. The performances of Penn and Sarandon will move you.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 23, 2002
An incredibly moving meditation on capital punishment that takes on the unenviable task of showing it from all sides, and then being smart enough to let the audience decide for themselves.
| Original Score: 5/5
September 10, 2002
Dead Man Walking is one of these rare films that really makes you think and gives you things to discuss. But if it is indeed an important film, it's also well crafted and gripping.
August 8, 2002
One of the most finely scripted, well acted films to come out of Hollywood. A modern masterpiece.
| Original Score: 10/10
June 5, 2002
Intense yet subtlely handled on every level, Dead Man Walking is one of the most remarkable and memorable films of 1995
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 17, 2002
Crime and punishment are depicted in cruelly unflinching detail in Tim Robbins' deadly earnest, intermittently powerful death-row drama.
February 22, 2002
This important film exposes the cruelty of death by lethal injection and shows that hate is the worst prison of all.
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