The Shawshank Redemption Reviews

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September 24, 2020
A magnificently hopeful, inspiring work of art.
September 22, 2020
Creates a stellar vision that teaches, challenges, inspires, and evokes a wide array of emotions and thoughts.
July 23, 2020
Masterfully written and directed by Frank Darabont, Shawshank well deserves its adoration.
March 24, 2020
And the final scene? I'm not crying, you're crying.
October 1, 2019
Cinematic alchemy of a kind that's all too rare, propelled by a supremely talented cast, a sumptuous score by Thomas Newman and a first-rate script and direction from first-timer Frank Darabont.
September 22, 2019
A tough, complex story [told] with clarity, compassion and considerable dramatic force.
August 21, 2019
The problem with the film's fablistic flooziness is that it also asks for investment in the harsh realities of its prison arena to buy the later Andy and Red push for freedom.
May 6, 2019
One of the best out of the 1990s, and a towering force of dramatic power amongst films of its kind.
January 8, 2019
It has the novelty to use plot development rather than unnecessary shock treatments to move forward.
September 23, 2016
In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.
September 22, 2015
This is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature.
December 17, 2014
Top-notch performances, exceptional cinematography, and masterful direction combine to make this film something special indeed.
January 16, 2013
Simply marvelous entertainment.
June 15, 2011
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.
June 15, 2011
Powerful, poignant, thought-provoking and finally irresistibly uplifting.
June 15, 2011
If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.
March 16, 2011
Spiritually moving old-fashioned prison pic.
December 18, 2010
Gritty but comforting story of friendship.
February 27, 2009
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.
November 20, 2008
Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery.
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