Shine Reviews

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February 26, 2018
As befits the subject, with his taste for the romantic repertoire, Shine' is not afraid of stirring up big emotions. It earns them honorably.
October 28, 2015
Inspired by the true story of the Australian classical pianist prodigy David Helfgott.
September 7, 2011
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste, but some of that illumination is the work of our own reflector lamps.
February 1, 2011
Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama.
October 18, 2008
[Helfgott's] extraordinary life is intelligently charted here, and the three actors who play him at different stages are all exceptional.
December 25, 2007
With the exception of a few overwrought scenes, Hicks' Australian biopic of pianist David Helfgott, which caused a bidding war at the 1996 Sundance Fest, is fresh and emotionally stirring without being sentimental or cliched.
September 23, 2007
The movie is really an Oscar sandwich -- stale bread surrounding a big piece of ham: Geoffrey Rush.
June 24, 2006
Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.
September 11, 2005
Inspiring, memorable cinema.
April 9, 2005
I declare "Shine" to be the best film of the year!
October 21, 2003
May 14, 2003
January 11, 2003
God save us from yet another holy fool movie. Geoffrey Rush has been much better.
January 11, 2003
January 4, 2003
A tremendous biopic about overcoming the odds. It's what 'A Beautiful Mind' wants to grow up to be.
November 8, 2002
October 15, 2002
Australia's gift to the movie world this year is a shimmering jewel called Shine.
August 26, 2002
Pays tribute to the important role of soul-friends in the nurturing of one's creative talents.
March 24, 2002
I went from disliking the movie the first time to coming, grudgingly, to respect it as a very clever, albeit misleading, melodrama.
January 22, 2002
Inspired by the real story of classical pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" re-creates that emotionally piercing story, note by memorable note.
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