The Green Mile
The Green Mile (1999)

Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King novel set in a prison, returns for a second feature, based on King's 1996 serialized novel set in a prison.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Much of the three-hour movie takes place in the prison, but the resonant characterization, expansive plotting, and judicious use of exterior locations and flashbacks turn the walls into windows.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Three long hours of wind, an exercise in titanic self-importance intent on passing off klunky rhetoric as poignant drama.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thoughtful, intelligent movie for older teens.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

To more than a few viewers, this one will feel like a life sentence.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The movie taps into a vein of Dickensian sentiment, nightmare and idealism, ribaldry and tragedy that give it that part-dark, part-shining fairytale quality that imbues most King tales and all three of Darabont's features.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...despite the clichés and stereotypes, the film's cast manages to lift it from the depths of the commonplace and make watching it enjoyable.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The supernatural elements carry an undeniable emotional charge, but the solution to the underlying murder mystery is disappointingly tidy and trite.

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Todd McCarthy

The Green Mile often grabs, and generally holds, one's attention through the long journey.

Rob White
Sight and Sound

How many blockbusters deal with that kind of grief?

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A brilliant moving film with great actors based on a Stephen King story.
Kevin M. Williams
Stephen King's hypothetical update about the inner life of the Roman centurions who famously are chosen to kill an innocent man gets a devoted treatment by… More
Liam Gadd
Some of the supporting characters are a little two-dimensional, but 'The Green Mile' is an incredibly effective prison drama with terrific… More
KJ Proulx
As long as the film is, you can easily sit through it, and by the end of the film, it will feel like you were in the prison with these characters in real time.… More
Josh Lewis
The Green Mile is an amazingly soulful movie that features strong acting from an incredible cast. Frank Darabont directs another prison movie with style and… More
xGary Xx
An ex-prison officer recounts the time during the Depression when a gentle giant with a remarkable gift for healing was on Death Row for the murder of two… More