“ A stunning film about a nun (Susan Sarandon) enlisted to comfort a death row inmate (Sean Penn) in the days leading up to his execution and the tentative friendship the two develop.
“ Don't waste your time!!!
“ The film is not, however, a standard propaganda movie.
“ But the movie comes so close to showing the "good" side of the death penalty, that the movie is clearly, distinctly "saved" from being a piece of bleeding-heart anti-DP propaganda.
“ The writing is trite, the direction deplorable.
“Just as Penn's character is a waste of life (who wastes other lives) so is Penn himself here.
“ I admire any film that is brave enough to tackle controversial issues, but this film is one of a kind because it explores them in such a compelling fashion.
“ Lee Ermey, was a bit confusing.
“ A real intense feeling which directors like Kurosawa, Bergman, Wenders and Kiarostami have beautifully explored.
“ Worth watching alright.
“ Many find movies like this boring.
“ Riveting .
“ACTING % Sean Penn and Susan Saradon give stunning performance.
“ This movie is terrible and so slow!!!!!
“ Because the chemistry of Susan's acting and Nusrat's music, is mind blowing.
“ I say this because he avoided convention and cliché.
“ A stunning film in every way (spoilers) .
“ It is a great film that is well worth watching.
“ Even though we can predict Poncelet's fate, we are drawn into the fascinating transforming journey of these two intriguing characters.
“The script is a little flabby in places, and David Robbin's score could have been used more for impact, but there are still some fascinating set-pieces debating the nature of punishment, prejudice, redemption and religious belief.
“ It does, however, succeed in taking a look at the human issues involved in the death penalty debate instead of making simplistic propaganda for one side or the other.
“ It delves in the background of the doer and the sufferer with much intense drama.
“ SPOILER: This film was one of the most boring, tedious and nauseating examples of liberal American bilge I have ever seen.
“ Compelling and heartrending.
“ In its defense, though, it was probably worth watching since the performances were good (although Penn's was definitely sub-par considering his abilities) and it was fairly entertaining, not to mention well shot.
“ The acting was superb, the dialogue intense and dramatic, and the story had a terrific punch as it dealt with a common happening in our society today.
“ A boring, wishy-washy and forgettable film.
“ The movie is as slow and inexorable as a river.
“ This format leads to a slow build-up as Poncelet runs out of options and viewers start to wonder if he will truly meet his fate.
“ On the whole yes but some scenes dragged a little.
“ We see how he and Helen make the final connection, we see remorse in his eyes, we see him dying a slow death and at the same time the horror of the crime is exposed to us.
“ The somber music coupled with the slow march to the execution room as a cop shouts "Dead man walking!
“ The movie is well-worth watching.
“ This is engaging without being manipulative and well concluded without going for an unconvincing `Hollywood' ending.
“ The most pro-death penalty piece of propaganda ever .
“ Humane, brilliantly acted and continually engrossing character-study.
“ Highly recommend it.
“ The long silent scenes tend to get boring after a while, whereas the scenes of the car in the forest with the eerie music in the background are riveting.
“ Both Susan Sarandon as the nun and Sean Pean as the convicted murderer, the Dead Man Walking, are masterfully compelling in their respective roles.
“ I did, however, feel that the film tried too hard to make its audience feel, pushing emotion and intense dialogue on us in a way that they were expecting us to be in tears, rather than simply letting the piece and its characters speak for itself.
“ a wonderfully compelling film .
“ I really enjoyed it, it made a lot of sense.
“I'll start by letting you know that if you're heavily into action movies, or movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat, than I don't think that this movie will be for you, because it's mostly just talking, for about two hours.
“ Worst movie ever .
“ This is not a movie for young children, very intense reenactment of a brutal crime plus language and adult themes.
“ When he breaks down in an uneventful moment and accepts his crime before Susan Sarandon, -the nun who has done everything she could to give him a fair chance - and subsequently apologizes to the parents of the victims just before his execution, the scenes of the brutal and shameless crime are brilliantly juxtaposed to the sophisticated act of execution.
“ The ending is a bit morbid yet gripping & the soundtrack is one of my favorites.
“ The message might have been worthwhile, but the presentation was so contrived that it came across as a propaganda film .
“ Direction, fotography, a thrilling and dramatic history, wonderful soundtrack and, most of all, the incredible credibility of Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, the best and most underestimated "under-40 generation" actor.
“ A movie that could've easily been arguing against the death penalty argument in a propaganda-like manner could've very well been the film we got.
“ While I believe that our judicial system should let the punishment fit the crime, and I personally have lack of sympathy for convicted murderers (not those who do a person in for self-defense), this movie's story and acting itself is compelling as it depicts a nun who empathizes with both the killer and the victim's families.
“ To some it might seem boring that there is no plot and only a story.
“ Confronting, confusing and up close...
“ It was bland, tedious, predictable, formulaic and very detached, and left very, very little to think about.
“ In those breathtaking final moments of catharsis, the audience is left with the big question - is taking a life right?
“ Both performances were worthy of Oscar consideration and expressed the enormously intense emotions which take place during the final weeks of one's life on death row.
“ And it hurt me much more that these people who murder the condemned because of their murder, can arrive home calmed and fall asleep, without feeling remorse.
“ Well acted and nicely written, Dead Man Walking is an enjoyable two hours that is worth the watch if you are looking for a good drama.
“ It's a compelling account of a horrible crime and how best to cope with it; and the main players involved in its conception have done themselves proud.
“ Morbid yet Gripping .
“ The script and acting are compelling and multi-faceted, the direction effective.
“However, other than Penn's performance and an equally engaging one by Susan Sarandon, there's not much to see in this film.
“ I wish more films could be made that inspire a greater awareness for these compelling issues that surround us.
“ A thoughtful, brave and compelling story with all the complexities of punishment, forgiveness, evil, redemption and guilt.
“ Pretty boring, difficult to connect with and narratively messy - overall a bit of a letdown .
“All in all, this movie is anti-death penalty propaganda.
“"Dead Man Walking is a film that explores the unique and unexpected bond formed between a Catholic nun and a convicted murderer on Death Row.
“ Dead Man Walking is a stunning piece of filmmaking for many reasons.
“ Susan Sarandon is unbeatable in this powerful and fascinating adaptation of Sister Helen Prejean's true-life novel about her experiences as a nun counselling inmates on death row.
“The blatant death penalty opposition was tedious.
“ This movie was suspenseful, riveting and emotional.
“ Is this an enjoyable film?
“ A gripping,thought provoking film.
“ The players are well-suited in writer-director Tim Robbins's gripping setting, who also contributes fine work, and the musical score does it justice that much more.