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Based on 26 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Acting rarely gets better than this. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous. show more

  • 100
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Sarandon delivers one of her very best performances; her shock at encountering the wrath of the victim's family is registered beautifully. And Sean Penn, who for too long has suffered with the label of being a "bad boy," gives an Oscar-caliber performance.[12 January 1996, Friday, p.B] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's ironic that a film with this title should be among the most vital, alive, and challenging cinema experiences of the year. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This film ennobles filmmaking. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie is often preachy and self-conscious, especially in long dialogue scenes, where Robbins's inexpert scriptwriting makes people talk at instead of with each other. Yet the picture's solid assets enable it to soar above such problems, both intellectually and emotionally. [29 December 1995, Film, p.13] show more

  • 63
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    Troubling and troubled. show more

  • 80
    Mr. Showbiz

    This isn't a crowd-pleaser in terms of subject matter -- you've got a convict and a nun, with no love scenes -- but Robbins keeps it interesting. show more

  • 50
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    Sarandon is terrific and Penn is in top form, but the film is an achingly earnest message movie with a curiously muddled message. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    Robbins' direction and script are nearly flawlessly rich. There are no easy answers on death row, and Dead Man Walking makes this painfully, powerfully clear. show more

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