The Shawshank Redemption Reviews

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July 30, 2008
...has certainly earned its reputation as one of the most effective prison movies in cinematic history...
September 23, 2007
It's an old-school melodrama at heart, sturdy and forthright and upstanding, but without a whisper of complexity or wit.
June 28, 2007
A testament to the human spirit...
June 28, 2007
A 'life-affirming' tale about life imprisonment, The Shawshank Redemption is the kind of old-fashioned entertainment that is easily overvalued in an era of diminishing expectations.
June 28, 2007
A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling.
January 13, 2007
I have not read Stephen King's novella (his first non-horror), but some of the movie's deficiencies, such as the old-fashioned morality tale and portentous messge about camarderie and redemption--must have been in the source material.
June 24, 2006
...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make.
June 24, 2006
An amazing movie. Easily one of the best movies made during the 90s and definitely one of the top 'prison' movies of all-time. Pretty much everything about this movie works and works extremely well!
March 10, 2006
An unhurried, engulfing prison drama.
January 25, 2006
The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons.
October 31, 2004
The Shawshank Redemption is one of those films that is a true work of both art and magic.
October 18, 2004
One of the few movies that has come out in my lifetime that I consider a "classic film".
September 27, 2004
The Shawshank Redemption sprawls out over a leisurely 142 minutes, operating with the same unflagging patience of its protagonist.
Top Critic
September 24, 2004
It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted.
September 14, 2004
Freeman, in particular, is exceptional. His performance is so unshowy it can easily go unnoticed, but it's the soul of Shawshank.
January 13, 2004
Flawlessly acted and directed, this film packed the strongest emotional wallop out of any film [in 1994].
October 1, 2003
July 30, 2003
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.
May 7, 2003
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