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Shine Reviews

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October 28, 2015
Inspired by the true story of the Australian classical pianist prodigy David Helfgott.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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+
February 1, 2011
Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
June 24, 2006
Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.
September 11, 2005
Inspiring, memorable cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2005
I declare "Shine" to be the best film of the year!
January 11, 2003
God save us from yet another holy fool movie. Geoffrey Rush has been much better.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
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.
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
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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