(1996)

Critic Reviews

87

Metascore

Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
TNT RoughCut
A deeply affecting allegory that explores the symbiotic relationship between genius and madness.
90
Film.com
A film of elegant small moments and complex, bittersweet motivations.
90
Mr. Showbiz
It's a film which aims to persuade us of its truth without props or signposts--and it does so with unforgettable beauty.
90
The movie does what any great musician should: It lifts an idea to the heights of ecstasy; it sells its song.
88
New York Daily News
A sublimely uplifting movie.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste.
80
Thanks to fine acting and its vividly unconventional protagonist, it pumps fresh blood into a conventional formula.
80
The A.V. Club
Memorable, deeply affecting movie.
75
USA Today
Shine has a story to reckon with and powerhouse male performances.
70
Feel-good tone notwithstanding (and creepy to boot), there are nagging riddles about the Helfgott story that the film has neither the nerve nor the sense to tackle.

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