More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 15%
Average: 22.5%
Pretty Bad: 2.5%
Total Crap: 5%

2 reviews, 28 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Deathstalker II by Jack Sommersby

Ambition by Jack Sommersby

Blackout by Jack Sommersby

Backfire by Jack Sommersby

Hit List, The (1993) by Jack Sommersby

Banker, The by Jack Sommersby

Boogey Man/The Devonsville Terror, The by Jack Sommersby

Truck Stop Women/Stunts by Jack Sommersby

Competition, The by Jack Sommersby

Hollywood Harry by Jack Sommersby

subscribe to this feed

Shine (1996)
[] Buy posters from this movie
by Chris Parry

"Quality all over."
5 stars

Shine is one of those movies that the average Joe just kind of kicks the dirt when he's dragged along to it. "Do I hafta?" But once in and duly involved, it would take a cynical sort to want to leave early. The performances here are top notch, and the script not only allows for such strength but calls for it.

As a young erratic piano genius, Noah Taylor is perhaps the most overlooked of those acclaimed in this film. The little guy is a genuine freak, and this character is right up his alley. More acclaimed was the actor playing the same genius later in life, Geoffrey Rush, who took out the best actor Oscar for the role. If that wasn't enough, Ahmin Mueller-Stahl, as the overbearing father, is a study of nastiness.

The story - piano crazy youngster is recognised as musical genius but daddy is a prick and won't let him go study. Piano cray youngster slowly becomes just crazy as dad get's worse. The rest is for you to discover.

Despite the popular assumption that this film won the Best Actor Ward because it portrayed a mentally ill man, like Slingblade, Rain Man, Elephant Man, etc etc. Rush was decried as an actor who would never be heard from again. Well, numerous award nominations later he's still going strong and has shown he can pull off drama and comedy time and again. Shine was his moment to really get his strengths on display, and there's lots to show.

Funny, dramatic, ultimately feel-good, but in a very feel-bad way, this is a great rainy Saturday's viewing. Enjoy.

link directly to this review at
originally posted: 07/31/99 22:00:49
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

11/02/11 Barry Jordan A film that Geoffrey Rush can be justly proud of. 4 stars
5/18/06 chienne A powerful film, 4 those who couldabeen & 4 those who wannabe. Do it. 5 stars
11/09/05 Phil M. Aficionado Strong performancs, but the professor schtick was a low point. Intriguing; how true? 4 stars
8/15/05 ^podo overrated.... 3 stars
2/22/05 Renee Burns Dragged on, a bit boring and marrying someone because the stars say so, are you kidding me? 2 stars
6/30/04 John well acted and on the whole very entertaining 4 stars
6/14/04 MyGreenBed Solid, though still very pandering and typical in it's approach. Akin to a "Yankee" flick. 3 stars
6/13/04 Jen Very interesting and heart reaching. 5 stars
1/31/04 Tony Bennett Fantastic movie which would be beyond the comprehension level of Yankee audiencies 5 stars
10/02/03 Mopsa Proves the Academy can be useful: we wouldn't have Geoffrey Rush without that Oscar 5 stars
7/02/03 nix brilliant however as i had to analse it for school im now sick of it 5 stars
5/11/03 Mystique GEOFFREY IS THE BEST !!!! 5 stars
1/22/03 Pinkline Jones Bowel-filling SHIITE 1 stars
12/04/02 grammenidi dimitra excellent movie 5 stars
5/31/02 Shelley Tarasinski Very moving, very sad, and what an extraordinary woman Gillian Helfgott is for marrying Dav 5 stars
5/25/02 crap complete crap crap 1 stars
3/02/02 Jenny Tullwartz At least David Helfgott's more interesting than dad; much of film's more'n I'd wanna know. 3 stars
9/14/01 Julianne May AMAZING- loved every bit of the movie just took away my breath. 5 stars
8/30/01 Henry Ginsberg Very moving.Brilliant cast. 5 stars
3/15/01 Kathryn An inspiring and comical potrayle of life in the fast lane. 5 stars
3/09/01 gmh Rush gives an amazing performance and for once the Oscars got it right 5 stars
12/15/00 Terrie Smith Great Aussie production; Geoffrey Rush certainly makes it worthwhile. 5 stars
10/19/99 John Very provocative, yet funny and moving. 4 stars
12/25/98 Bob Terrific movie, very well played, and awesome music 5 stars
10/24/98 Kwyjibo A great performance all round. 5 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee Rush was grandiose, Noah taylor likewise. A little overdone and long, but aces. 4 stars
8/25/98 The Capital City Goofball Amazing film. 5 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  20-Nov-1996 (PG-13)



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast