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Dead Man Walking Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2002
An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 13, 2001
Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Dead Man Walking could easily be manipulative or exploitative, but it's neither. Instead, this is hard-hitting drama that neither accepts nor offers quarter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.
January 1, 2000
An extremely affecting experience
January 1, 2000
Robbins, who also wrote the script, is no Truman Capote, let alone a Victor Hugo, and his film trips up constantly on indecisiveness about what it is he's trying to say.
January 1, 2000
It will send you home with more than a few long thoughts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
is the finest, least compromised film about capital punishment ever advancing a gently stated 'anti' view but going the extra 100 miles to give victims their due.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Absorbing, surprising, technically superb and worth talking about for a long time afterward
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Robbins and Susan Sarandon, have crafted a film that transcends its own political message by a scrupulous attention to detail.
January 1, 2000
Don't go unadvised, and don't plan anything too frivolous for right afterwards. But do go.
January 1, 2000
A daring stand and a daring, uncompromised film.
January 1, 2000
Acting rarely gets better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Penn gives an astonishing performance and delivers exactly what Dead Man Walking needs.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
The picture is cloudy in intent.
January 1, 2000
Sarandon, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for this role, is superb, but Penn is extraordinary.
January 1, 2000
Its final moments leave us awash in emotion.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 29, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: A