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9/23/2016 by Duane ByrgeIn 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.
New York Daily News
9/22/2015 by Dave KehrThis 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.
1/16/2013 by Gene SiskelSimply marvelous entertainment.
6/15/2011 by Richard SchickelFreeman, 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.
6/28/2007 by Leonard KladyA testament to the human spirit...
6/28/2007 by Jonathan RosenbaumA passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling.
6/24/2006 by Derek Adams...a throwback to the kind of serious, literate drama Hollywood used to make.
9/24/2004It's a simple story elegantly, cleverly told, not to mention expertly acted.
New York Times
5/20/2003 by Janet MaslinWithout 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.
5/12/2001 by Peter TraversIt's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities.
San Francisco Chronicle
1/1/2000 by Peter StackThanks to fine performances and beautiful photography, you get that inspirational jump-start frame after frame.
1/1/2000 by Roger EbertIf the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage of time, before the glory of the final redemption.
1/1/2000 by Desson ThomsonIt wanders down subplots at every opportunity and ignores an abundance of narrative exit points before settling on the aforementioned finale.
1/1/2000 by Rita KempleyIt's a devoutly old-fashioned, spiritually uplifting prison drama about two lifers who must break their emotional shackles before they can finally become free men.
1/1/2000 by James BerardinelliThe Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic.
9/10/1994 by Owen GleibermanWith his gift for rapt pauses, for caressing just the right syllable, Freeman can make a speech like that sound like one of the philosophical nuggets of the ages.
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
12/17/2014 by Betty Jo TuckerTop-notch performances, exceptional cinematography, and masterful direction combine to make this film something special indeed.
6/15/2011Powerful, poignant, thought-provoking and finally irresistibly uplifting.
6/15/2011 by Ian NathanIf you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
3/16/2011 by Dennis SchwartzSpiritually moving old-fashioned prison pic.
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