(1996)

Critic Reviews

87

Metascore

Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Chicago Sun-Times
The fact that David Helfgott lived the outlines of these events--that he triumphed, that he fell, that he came slowly back--adds an enormous weight of meaning to the film.
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Delivers a full emotional palette without undue sentimentalizing.
100
Chicago Tribune
All but sweeps you away with its dazzling technique and shattering emotion. [27 November 1996, Tempo, p.1]
100
ReelViews
This is unbelievably rich material, and I can say without reservation that Scott Hicks' work deserves the highest recognition. Shine truly does what its name says.
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.
88
New York Daily News
A sublimely uplifting movie.
88
Baltimore Sun
Hard to take in its particulars.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste.
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.
63
San Francisco Examiner
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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