|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: December 10, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
So moving, so memorable, so magically produced, it's going to delight millions of movie fans and sweep the Oscars.
A reminder of just how good Hollywood storytelling can be.
An often pedestrian film, one that never inflates to the epic grandeur to which it aspires or transfers its own emotional trajectory off the screen and into the viewer.
A very engrossing movie, the kind that gives shameless manipulation a good name.
On many levels, it hits its marks -- but it still misses the impact of some shorter, less-ambitious movies that play with our emotions more deftly or deeply, walk their miles, deadly or not, with a lighter, faster, more confident tread.
This jailhouse jam is quite a haul.
Surely a life sentence goes by quicker.
But just watch Hanks, with the effortless grace of a Jimmy Stewart, turn the loony into something sweetly logical. Now that is magic.
At the core, though, one finds a slacky, sappy film. The human mystery that breathed so easily in "Shawshank" is often forced here.
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