Oliver Twist Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 30, 2005
In Oliver Twist, it's the viewer who is punished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 30, 2005
Technically sound and surprisingly faithful to its source material, Roman Polanski's version of Oliver Twist comes across as uninspired and flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 22, 2005
Lacking energy and pace and enslaved by a ghastly score, this tepid movie left me longing alternately for David Lean's thrillingly grim 1948 masterpiece, and Carol Reed's chipper 1968 sing-along, with pretty tunes by Lionel Bart.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
Polanski's Oliver Twist is craftsmanly and relatively unsentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2005
A fifth-grade puppet show of Oliver Twist would have been more watchable. And far less sickening.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
October 3, 2005
Plods along with the dutiful, near-reverent air of an annual Christmas sermon.
| Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 9, 2005
The spark that an original point of view might bring to the oft-told tale is missing.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 26, 2005
The first question I have is, why? Why would Roman Polanski, one of the most innovative directors of the last half-century, want to adapt a story that has been told again and again?
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
Polanski's take on the classic is a dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 12, 2005
Conventional, straightforward and very much within what used to be called the Traditional of Quality, this handsome film is a respectable literary adaptation but lacks dramatic urgency and intriguing undercurrents.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
September 26, 2005
Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is probably the most faithful adaptation. But hardly anyone will take notice; it's just a tale that's been told too many times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 23, 2005
Polanski's take will spark debate among Dickens lovers, but audiences won't respond as warmly as they have to Lean's classic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 23, 2005
Polanski and his Pianist scribe Ronald Harwood have chosen to tell it in as simple a manner as possible, as though they had been given a Masterpiece Theatre assignment to dispatch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
September 29, 2005
Roman Polanski has made some classic films over the years, but this is not one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 23, 2005
Polanski seems so intent on... a grimly elegant big picture that... he misses the people. Oops, except for Ben Kingsley as Fagin, whom he lets run embarrassingly wild.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 21, 2005
Falha ao jamais encontrar um tom adequado para sua narrativa: em certos momentos, excessivamente infantil; em outros, sombrio demais.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 23, 2005
Drab and unfeeling.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 23, 2005
Polanski's adult fans deserve something more than a film for the kiddies, and Dickens deserves better treatment than merely 'tasteful.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 29, 2005
When was the last time you walked out of a Polanski picture talking mostly about the sets and music?
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 7, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
December 6, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 30, 2005
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October 1, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 1, 2005
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AV Club
October 1, 2005
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Time Out
October 6, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
June 24, 2006
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