Shine Synopsis
Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott's (Sonia Todd) story.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
All but sweeps you away with its dazzling technique and shattering emotion. [27 November 1996, Tempo, p.1]
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100

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is unbelievably rich material, and I can say without reservation that Scott Hicks' work deserves the highest recognition. Shine truly...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an...
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90

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A sublimely uplifting movie.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Hard to take in its particulars.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste.
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Shine has a story to reckon with and powerhouse male performances.
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By G. Allen Johnson
The movie is meant to be uplifting and to the degree that you can ignore its unquestioning treatment of mental illness, I suppose it is.
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Shine

By jwelch5742
It was excellent film. It had wonderful performance for Geoffrey Rush....

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Intense, gripping mental illness music drama.
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