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Great Expectations (1998)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 21

Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion.



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Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories -- the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village, eight-year-old orphan Finn Bell (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband, Joe (Chris Cooper). One day, Finn helps a chained, escaped


Drama, Kids & Family, Romance

Charles Dickens, Mitch Glazer

Dec 31, 1998

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (21) | DVD (8)

Cuarón and company end up throwing all the style they've got at the film... to compensate for a perpetually stalled drama.

September 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

In the end, shiny surfaces are just that--surfaces, with nothing necessarily underneath.

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source:

It's a fairly minor film, but quite lovely and successful at creating its own time and place.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Charles Dickens' novel has been pared to the bone and set in the present day, and the result is a beautifully shot mess. The characters' motivations could not be any less clear.

August 11, 2003 | Comment (1)

The film's exectution is more of a tragedy than the story.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comments (2)
Film Quips Online

his film doesn't have anything to say, it just wants to make a fashion statement: Pretty people should get to do stuff other people don't get to do.

November 1, 2002 Full Review | Comments (2)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sua 'moral' pode até ser simples, como em todas as fábulas, mas o processo pela qual é 'ensinada' é interessante - e espantosamente otimista.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The drama has a surface charm and panache that draws out the romantic in all of us.

March 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Una obra maestra.

August 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

If this movie were a sandwich, it'd be ham on white bread.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

a dessert for the eyes and ears. the final analysis this modernization of the Charles Dickens classic has almost nothing to say and next to no emotional impact whatsoever.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Great Expectations

I saw this film a few weeks ago and just couldnt get it out of my mind. It is totally dazzling. Its captivating. I think it probably the closest thing I have seen to a fairytale. It remains true to Dickens and has a great cast. I would say its near perfect
November 7, 2009

Super Reviewer

Such a great love story, really beautiful! Based on Charles Dickens' timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him...
June 4, 2009
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Sweet, made me cry. *sniff!* ^_^

This is a disaster movie for anyone who paints tho.
February 13, 2008
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

This modern reworking of the Charles Dickens novel has Gwyneth Paltrow break Ethan Hawke's heart over and over again. Not enough emotion or complexity in a facile narrative transplanted to the contemporary New York art world.
August 12, 2007
Dean McKenna

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    1. Ms. Dinsmoor: She'll only break your heart, it's a fact. And even though I warn you, even though I guarantee you that the girl will only hurt you terribly, you'll still pursue her. Ain't love grand?
    – Submitted by Charlie E (2 years ago)
    1. Lustig Prisoner: There's nothing harder than being given your chance.
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