Oliver Twist Reviews

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Dan Jardine
August 29, 2013
A smorgasbord of urban decay, social disorder, and class conflict imbues the film with a potent sensuality
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
Oliver Twist is an affecting and refreshing adaptation of Dickens seminal work from a master director.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
The horrors are comfily buttressed by storybook polish
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
Polanski has crafted something that already feels like a classic film, beautiful to look at, combining accurate period detail with a certain gothic expressionism and brimming with earthy characters and high drama.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007
The unspoken sense of youthful post-traumatic holocaust syndrome shock and awe in Polanski's Twist is as palpable as the murky stench and appalling human misery of Dickens' chaotic London streets.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
Polanski's film is not a bad adaptation, and it may be a fine way to introduce children to the classic story. But it is not exactly a definitive version of that story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
June 15, 2006
Probably the thing that Polanski's Oliver Twist does best, is deliver the mood of the day
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 26, 2006
With intelligence and style (inspired by the art of Gustave Doré and Francisco Solé), Polanski makes a rewarding contribution to Dickens' legacy on screen.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 3, 2006
The movie understands what Polanski himself knew upon surviving the Holocaust--you take your kindness where you can find it, weighing its price along the way.
| Original Score: B+
Scott Weinberg
January 15, 2006
It just might supplant David Lean's 1948 version as the one that students turn to for a 2-hour study guide.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
December 28, 2005
A severely overlooked, exceedingly well-done version of an oft-told tale...One of the best films of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Dale
December 26, 2005
[T]he maddening thing is not just that we hardly need another movie adaptation of [Oliver Twist] ... but that there are other Dickens books that haven't been given the major movie treatment that would better suit Polanski's temperament.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...respectful without being slavish, nice to look at without ever being breathtaking, well cast and acted without ever deeply engaging our emotions.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 21, 2005
Falha ao jamais encontrar um tom adequado para sua narrativa: em certos momentos, é excessivamente infantil; em outros, sombrio demais.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 26, 2005
It's an impeccable production on a visual level and undeniably a well-made film, but the narrative often lacks the spark to bring it to life.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Angela Baldassarre
October 20, 2005
"Oliver Twist" deserves to be recognized as one of the director's better films.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2005
(Roman) Polanski orchestrates this well-worn chestnut with the same high level of expertise that won him an Oscar for The Pianist in 2002.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 15, 2005
Polanski's deft adaptation proves that there's still life in that well-worn story of a boy who beats the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 13, 2005
Polanski tactfully stays out of Charles Dickens' way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
October 13, 2005
Despite the length, you'll never fault the film's craftsmanship.
| Original Score: 3/4
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