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Shine Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2015
Inspired by the true story of the Australian classical pianist prodigy David Helfgott.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste, but some of that illumination is the work of our own reflector lamps.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
February 1, 2011
Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Stratton
October 18, 2008
[Helfgott's] extraordinary life is intelligently charted here, and the three actors who play him at different stages are all exceptional.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007
The movie is really an Oscar sandwich -- stale bread surrounding a big piece of ham: Geoffrey Rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.
Michael Dequina
September 11, 2005
Inspiring, memorable cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I declare "Shine" to be the best film of the year!
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 11, 2003
God save us from yet another holy fool movie. Geoffrey Rush has been much better.
| Original Score: 2/5
Widgett Walls
January 4, 2003
A tremendous biopic about overcoming the odds. It's what 'A Beautiful Mind' wants to grow up to be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Australia's gift to the movie world this year is a shimmering jewel called Shine.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Pays tribute to the important role of soul-friends in the nurturing of one's creative talents.

Boston Phoenix
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.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 22, 2002
Inspired by the real story of classical pianist David Helfgott, "Shine" re-creates that emotionally piercing story, note by memorable note.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Alex Ramirez
August 31, 2001
Dará mucho de qué hablar, y les dejará un grato sabor de boca. Imposible no verla.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
His life story is not exactly as it is shown here, but close enough, I gather, for us to marvel at the way the human spirit can try to heal itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
It is a passionately told story, in highly cinematic yet accessible language, about one life: what makes it extraordinary is the performance of Geoffrey Rush and the rest of the cast.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
With some incredible performances, expect to see this movie on many best of the year lists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If, at times, Shine's luster reveals more elbow grease than internal radiance, the movie is still a moving tribute to the human capacity to overcome all odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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