The Shawshank Redemption Synopsis
An innocent man (Tim Robbins) goes to a Maine penitentiary for life in 1947.
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A thumpingly good ode to friendship, hope, wit, wiles and wisdom, brimming with crackling characters and topped with the most twisteroo of...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the no-bull performances that hold back the flood of banalities. Robbins and Freeman connect with the bruised souls of Andy and Red to...
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
As the uptight banker, Robbins does some of his subtlest acting to date. As his hardened but resilient friend, Freeman is simply...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This is a movie with every facet shining in place, every word charged and resonant. [23 Sept 1994]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
If the film is perhaps a little slow in its middle passages, maybe that is part of the idea, too, to give us a sense of the leaden passage...
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By James Berardinelli
Whitmore's Brooks is a brilliantly-realized character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of Shawshank represents...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Some of "The Shawshank Redemption'' comes across as outrageously improbable. Yet the film keeps pulling you back with its sense of striving...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Kudos go to the great Thomas Newman, whose score contributes as much as either lead to what is finally a two-character movie, though one...
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TV Guide

A crowd-pleasing story that has little to do with the messy complexities of reality.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Shouldering a laconic-good-guy, neo- Gary Cooper role, Robbins never quite makes emotional contact with the audience.
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By Matt Damon Rules
This movie rocked! I watched it like 10 times yesturday!...

This is my all time favorite movie

By bhappy907
This movie is absolutely, hands down, my all time fave. It's a story of hope and friendship. I've probably seen it a hundred times and will probably see it 100 more....

Gretest film ever made

By strawtf
Watch it you'll never look away...

Best movie of all time.

By genobowers
Out of any film that has ever been made, this is my far the best one. It's just so special and moving. Such a deep and touching message about life and the institutionalization aspects of prison life....

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I absolutely love this movie...

Top 5 Movie of all time.

By docn2013
Get busy living or get busy dying....

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Best drama!!

By Vicent07
You should never miss this fantastic movie!! It's awesome, outstanding and unpredictable drama. Go for it!!!...

The Shawshank Redemption review

By JDubWhite3
The quintessential guy movie of the '90s that doesn't have gay cowboys or explosions! Classic performances from Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman make this movie a must-watch and must-own movie for...

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Rated R | For Prison Violence and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Gritty but comforting story of friendship.
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