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The Shawshank Redemption Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2013
Simply marvelous entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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 28, 2007
A testament to the human spirit...
June 28, 2007
A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling.
June 24, 2006
...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make.
Top Critic
September 24, 2004
It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 20, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 12, 2001
It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
It wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Thanks to fine performances and beautiful photography, you get that inspirational jump-start frame after frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 1994
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 | Original Score: B-