Dead Man Walking Synopsis
A nun (Susan Sarandon) befriends and advises a condemned killer (Sean Penn).
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This film ennobles filmmaking.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Acting rarely gets better than this.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Sarandon delivers one of her very best performances; her shock at encountering the wrath of the victim's family is registered beautifully....
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A bold, searching, wrenching experience. It may be the most complexly impassioned message movie Hollywood has ever made.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Happily, there's nothing to misconstrue about the film: It's fabulous.
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's ironic that a film with this title should be among the most vital, alive, and challenging cinema experiences of the year.
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80

Mr. Showbiz

This isn't a crowd-pleaser in terms of subject matter -- you've got a convict and a nun, with no love scenes -- but Robbins keeps it...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The movie is often preachy and self-conscious, especially in long dialogue scenes, where Robbins's inexpert scriptwriting makes people talk...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
Troubling and troubled.
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50

TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
Sarandon is terrific and Penn is in top form, but the film is an achingly earnest message movie with a curiously muddled message.
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Dead Man Walking review

By jodyandcobee
classic...

An absolutely emotional film that teaches forgiveness and change like no other story.

By Dominic LeRose
Usually when someone murders and rapes an innocent person, our instant gut reaction is to have that man killed and that he is labelled as a cold-hearten killer. When the act is extremely difficult to...

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Rated R