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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: A-
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

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.

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
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
October 10, 2005

It's not Dickens and it's not David Lean, either. This perverse retelling of a classic could only be the work of one filmmaker that I can think of. It's my boy Polanski.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sydney Morning Herald
June 24, 2006

Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 6, 2005

David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 7, 2005

Time Out
Top Critic
October 6, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
October 1, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 1, 2005

AV Club
Top Critic
October 1, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 30, 2005

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