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Shine Reviews

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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
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
Dragan Antulov
October 21, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A movie that treats mental illness as if it could be concerto-induced.
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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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
February 1, 2011
Intense, gripping mental-illness music drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Compassionate, deft, unsentimental, inspirational.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 87/100
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
Despite all the feel-good overtones, the story never gets sappy, sentimental, or manipulative
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Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
I declare "Shine" to be the best film of the year!
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-
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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
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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+
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