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Fact-based drama starring Robert Redford as Henry Brubaker, the new inmate at a run-down Southern prison that's become notorious for corruption and violence. After he witnesses several instances of gross misconduct and defuses a tense confrontation with a crazed inmate (Morgan Freeman), Brubaker reveals to the guards and administrators that he's not a criminal at all, but the new warden, assigned by the governor to infiltrate the facility undercover. His identity confirmed, Brubaker takes office and sets about shaping up policies and procedures, despite resistance from, incredibly,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first half-hour is powerful stuff, but after Brubaker reveals his true identity, the movie begins to falter, with the one-dimensional nature of the characters (particularly the warden himself) eventually stripping the story of any dramatic charge."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It was hard to sit through two hours of such brutality and misery and say you enjoyed it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Robert Redford, in a surprise acting tour de force, really stretches his style and mannerisms to become Henry Brubaker."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"I never felt that I was wasting my time watching 'Brubaker,' only that it could have been a more dramatic and taut prison movie-which is odd, because it's directed by Stuart Rosenberg ('Cool Hand Luke')."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Redford is the main attraction, obviously, even though his princely good looks -- like the movie's 'idealistic crusader against the Establishment' earnestness -- are almost too much of a good thing."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Robert Redford puts in a stellar performance as a zealous prison reformer in this meditation on the ardor of idealism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Inspired by fact, this politically conscious prison drama is well written (script was Oscar nominated), but only decently acted by Redford, who might not have been the right choice."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"intense and a bit cliched"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A good, not great, movie that reps a solid, mid-career performance by Redford."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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