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The movie follows sister Helen Prejean, who receives a letter from Matthew Poncelet as he is scheduled to be executed soon for the rape and murder of two teenagers and he needs her help with a final appeal. While comforting a convicted killer on death row, Helen empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.
A thought-provoking drama not to be missed or dismissed.
January 01, 2000
Tim Robbins's balanced yet uncompromising approach refuses to judge any of the characters, including the killer (superlatively played by Sean Penn), instead giving each a fair chance to present their case with dignity and respect.
June 10, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Takes us along on the reluctant, difficult, essentially spiritual journey these two unlikely people make together.