Dead Man Walking 1995

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Susan Stark, Detroit News: It will send you home with more than a few long thoughts. Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Penn gives an astonishing performance and delivers exactly what Dead Man Walking needs. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together. Read more

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James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Dead Man Walking could easily be manipulative or exploitative, but it's neither. Instead, this is hard-hitting drama that neither accepts nor offers quarter. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Absorbing, surprising, technically superb and worth talking about for a long time afterward Read more

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle: Acting rarely gets better than this. Read more

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Emanuel Levy, Variety: Tim Robbins's balanced yet uncompromising approach refuses to judge any of the characters, including the killer (superlatively played by Sean Penn), instead giving each a fair chance to present their case with dignity and respect. Read more

Washington Post: An extremely affecting experience Read more