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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 9 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to create something undeniably powerful and moving. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of "The Shawshank Redemption'' comes across as outrageously improbable. Yet the film keeps pulling you back with its sense of striving humanity slowly turning the tables against evil. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Kudos go to the great Thomas Newman, whose score contributes as much as either lead to what is finally a two-character movie, though one well-performed by all. [23 Sept 1994] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If 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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994] show more

  • 88
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    As the uptight banker, Robbins does some of his subtlest acting to date. As his hardened but resilient friend, Freeman is simply miraculous, giving the role so much depth, dignity, and good humor that you feel that you've known this man forever. [27 Sept 1994] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Whitmore's Brooks is a brilliantly-realized character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of Shawshank represents one of the film's most moving -- and effective -- sequences. show more

  • 100

    A thumpingly good ode to friendship, hope, wit, wiles and wisdom, brimming with crackling characters and topped with the most twisteroo of twists since "The Crying Game." show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    A crowd-pleasing story that has little to do with the messy complexities of reality. show more

  • 89
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    At times poignant, joyful, and terrifying, Shawshank Redemption is an altogether brilliant movie and the debut of an equally brilliant director. show more

  • July 27, 2010 GuppySkipper
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    My favorite line..."Either get busy livin', or get busy dyin' "...This movie mirrored my life for a time so errily well...

  • July 26, 2010 BABOO2
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    This is my fav movie; great characters that draw you in.....When Tim Robbins decides to play the opera music and take the has meaning

  • July 26, 2010 oneflatiron
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    This was an awesome movie. One of my favs.

  • July 26, 2010 melmedia
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    My number One favorite movie...great acting. Great theme. Great story. I watch it regularly and so does my daughter...I love Red's (Morgan Freeman's) character saying, "I'm a man whose known to locate things from time to time..."

  • July 26, 2010 JOHN
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    Has to be one of the best movies, prison or not, ever done. Andy and Red's bond while in prison and the aftermath when they are released is a fantastic tribute to Steven King's excellent novel. Throughout the movie you keep wondering what will happen to Andy as he works for the warden and does taxes for the guards. He is so laid back while performing these mudane tasks the ending comes as a delight. Normally cheering for the underdog gets you a whole bunch of disappointment. In this cse you have to sit back in your chair and root aloud for the "Bad Guys". A great movie, worth the $1 to $5 you would have to spend these days to rent it.

  • July 26, 2010 sandandsun4me
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    The synopsis is incorrect in ************** that Andy is sentenced to "a life term". He was sentenced to two life terms, "one for each of your victims".

  • July 26, 2010 speedunkl
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    My all time favorite movie. I can watch it over and over again.

  • March 06, 2009 JCHScHiefS1FaN81
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    Morgan Freeman who played Red and Tim Robbins who played Andy played their characters really well. Even though in the book Red had Red hair and Andy was short, i thought that the change was no issue.

  • November 08, 2008 jbdv8
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    One of the best movies I ever watched, AWESOME!!!

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