The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

In 1946, a banker named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is convicted of a double murder, even though he stubbornly proclaims his innocence. He's sentenced to a life term at the Shawshank State Prison in Maine, where another lifer, Ellis… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 10, 1994
DVD Release Date: January 27, 1998
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Shawshank Redemption is an uplifting, deeply satisfying prison drama with sensitive direction and fine performances.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

In the lead roles, both Robbins and Freeman are outstanding, layering their performances with snippets of individuality: Their small, daily sustenances and minor triumphs are wonderfully inspiring.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Freeman, who is simply a great actor, a man who has never struck a false note in his career, both narrates this tale and anchors it with his authoritative playing.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Top-notch performances, exceptional cinematography, and masterful direction combine to make this film something special indeed.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

This is an engagingly simple, good-hearted film, with just enough darkness around the edges to give contrast and relief to its glowingly benign view of human nature.

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Leonard Klady

A testament to the human spirit...


Powerful, poignant, thought-provoking and finally irresistibly uplifting.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Simply marvelous entertainment.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A passing reference to 'The Count of Monte Cristo' offers a partial clue to what makes this movie compelling.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

If you don't love Shawshank, chances are you're beyond redemption.

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Flixster Audience Score: 98% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Tender, funny, and inspirational, The Shawshank Redemption is a well-crafted prison drama and another great movie to add to Frank Darabont's impressive… More
Daniel Mumby
Before we can critically assess The Shawshank Redemption, we first have to deal with The Shawshank Reputation. In addition to its Oscar nominations and huge… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It may deserve to be generally regarded as (one of) the most overrated film(s) ever made, but it is above all a wonderful, uplifting and deeply touching tale of… More
Spencer Macklin
Christian C
Strong acting. Moderately inventive story, but not exactly unpredictable. A pleasantly uplifting film, but don't expect a transformative experience. PS… More
Film Crazy
Im not intirely sure as to why this movie is so incredibly liked, yes its an okay movie and it has a good cast that do some good acting but its not really much… More