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Scott Hicks

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About the Movie

Inspired by the troubled but ultimately triumphant life of classical pianist David Helfgott (Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush - "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Shakespeare in Love"), this moving drama focuses on Helfgott's mental breakdown as a result of his smothering father and painful retreat into a private world while still in his early 20s and on the brink of a glittering international career. After a decade of total obscurity, Helfgott achieves both personal and professional fulfillment by finding peace on the very thing that drove him to the edge his music, as he also finds love and support from a remarkable woman. Starring Academy Award-nominee Lynn Redgrave ("Gods and Monsters," "Peter Pan"), and Academy Award-nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl ("Eastern Promises," "The Thirteenth Floor"). Directed by Academy Award-winner Scott Hicks ("Snow Falling on Cedars," "No Reservations").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 44
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Shine beams with warmth, sensitivity, and fine taste, but some of that illumination is the work of our own reflector lamps. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 2, 2014

Fresh: Shine has a story to reckon with and powerhouse male performances. – USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Helfgott's] extraordinary life is intelligently charted here, and the three actors who play him at different stages are all exceptional. – David Stratton, Variety, Jun 2, 2014

Fresh: As befits the subject, with his taste for the romantic repertoire, Shine' is not afraid of stirring up big emotions. It earns them honorably. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Feb 26, 2018

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Customer Reviews


Great movie


This movie takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. It shows that the human spirit has the strength to endure, and dives deeply into the varied ways we can be affected by love.


Is this movie worth $10 to own or should I spend $3 and rent it