Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking (1995)

Tim Robbins' second directorial effort (after the political satire Bob Roberts) was this drama based on a true story, which explores the issue of capital punishment. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) is a nun and teacher living in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 1995
DVD Release Date: September 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A powerful, thought-provoking film that covers different angles of its topic without resorting to preaching, Dead Man Walking will cause the viewer to reflect regardless of their political viewpoint.

David Ansen
Newsweek

It's a strong film, made stronger by two terrific performances. Penn's acting has ruthless honesty.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

An intelligent, balanced, devastating movie.

Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Penn plays Matthew with a quiet, feral intensity...

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

It's an important film and a beautifully made film too.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.

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Malcolm Johnson
Hartford Courant

Penn and Sarandon in their final moments together achieve a strange transcendence that makes the end of Dead Man Walking sobering and horrifying, yet oddly uplifting.

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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.

Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle

One of the best things a film can do is make us reflect on our convictions and beliefs. Dead Man Walking powerfully forces this reflection through its compellingly ambiguous subject matter and superb performances by Sarandon and Penn.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Intense '90s death-penalty drama has cursing, violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A daring, objective and thought-provoking drama that inspires us to reflect on such medieval practice and discuss it for hours straight, even if it also… More
Kevin M. Williams
Like walking the last mile yourself, Tim Robbins' elegantly told tale of a convicted murderer's last days in the company of an interested stranger, a… More
Spencer S.
A soapy, longwinded drama that simply is not the moving film that warrants the praise it received. Directed by cold cocking activist Tim Robbins, his longtime… More
KJ Proulx
There are times when I feel that I must say that a movie is not just a movie, and that this movie is real. Dead Man Walking surprised me in every way and I did… More
Chris Weber
In his second turn as a director, Tim Robbins, along with longtime partner Susan Sarandon, a bunch cof his extended family, and tons of other notable names all… More
Daniel Perry
Overly drawn-out, precious film that, if not for its affecting ending would border on unwatchable. The shots are unoriginal, the short takes are jarring and… More