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.
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 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.
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 12, 2001
It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities.