Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking (1995)

Tim Robbins' second directorial effort (after the political satire Bob Roberts) was this drama based on a true story, which explores the issue of capital punishment. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) is a nun and teacher living in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful, thought-provoking film that covers different angles of its topic without resorting to preaching, Dead Man Walking will cause the viewer to reflect regardless of their political viewpoint.

Emanuel Levy

Tim Robbins's balanced yet uncompromising approach refuses to judge any of the characters, including the killer (superlatively played by Sean Penn), instead giving each a fair chance to present their case with dignity and respect.

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Sean Means

A thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

A powerful and provocative film -- not quite a work of art, maybe, but close enough to demand your respectful attention.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.

John Hartl

A daring stand and a daring, uncompromised film.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Has the distinction of including not one, but two of the greatest screen performances of all time...undeniably one of the most gut-churning emotional experiences of 1990s cinema... [Blu-ray]

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.

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Tom Keogh

Robbins, who also wrote the script, is no Truman Capote, let alone a Victor Hugo, and his film trips up constantly on indecisiveness about what it is he's trying to say.

Rob Gonsalves

To say that the movie is neither for nor against capital punishment is disingenuous. Still, this is a fine and painful effort overall.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
A soapy, longwinded drama that simply is not the moving film that warrants the praise it received. Directed by cold cocking activist Tim Robbins, his longtime… More
KJ Proulx
There are times when I feel that I must say that a movie is not just a movie, and that this movie is real. Dead Man Walking surprised me in every way and I did… More
Chris Weber
In his second turn as a director, Tim Robbins, along with longtime partner Susan Sarandon, a bunch cof his extended family, and tons of other notable names all… More
Daniel Perry
Overly drawn-out, precious film that, if not for its affecting ending would border on unwatchable. The shots are unoriginal, the short takes are jarring and… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Like walking the last mile yourself, Tim Robbins' elegantly told tale of a convicted murderer's last days in the company of an interested stranger, a… More
Cast: Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Raymond J. Barry, Robert Prosky, R. Lee Ermey, Scott Wilson, Celia Weston, Lois Smith, Roberta Maxwell, Margo Martindale,… More

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