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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing. show more

  • 75
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Shine has a story to reckon with and powerhouse male performances. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A sublimely uplifting movie. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    All but sweeps you away with its dazzling technique and shattering emotion. [27 November 1996, Tempo, p.1] show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is unbelievably rich material, and I can say without reservation that Scott Hicks' work deserves the highest recognition. Shine truly does what its name says. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    Hard to take in its particulars. show more

  • 63
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    The movie is meant to be uplifting and to the degree that you can ignore its unquestioning treatment of mental illness, I suppose it is. show more

  • 90
    F. X. Feeney Mr. Showbiz

    It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty. show more

  • 70
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    Feel-good tone notwithstanding (and creepy to boot), there are nagging riddles about the Helfgott story that the film has neither the nerve nor the sense to tackle. show more

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