The Shawshank Redemption Reviews

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.
February 9, 2006
Why are these men in jail?
December 17, 2004
Drawn in straight, brutal lines.
October 16, 2004
Beaches for straight men.
May 20, 2003
The Shawshank Redemption continually abandons plausibility in order to celebrate the triumph of hope over despair, of decency over cruelty, of justice over injustice.
January 9, 2002
In truth it's the purest Hollywood hoakum--a sunny, heart-tugging hymn to that old chestnut, the indomitability of the human spirit.
January 1, 2000
It wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale.