Nicholas Nickleby Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 28, 2012
a pleasurable ride
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Respectful adaptation of rich Dickens novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An absolutely entertaining, well acted, and well-directed film adaptation.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 1, 2009
Ultimately the film leans toward the blandness of its star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 7, 2003
Filled with exquisite craftsmanship bringing the Charles Dickens' classic to life, Nicholas Nickleby is an intricate, absorbing saga about the triumph of goodness over evil.
Mark Adnum
FILMINK (Australia)
October 26, 2003
the perfect resource for students who've balked at the book's brick-like dimensions but who have an exam on it the next day, and need a quick overview
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 12, 2003
Does a respectable job of retelling as much of Dickens’ tale as possible in the time alloted.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
A light and brisk take on the account of Nicholas, a typically Dickensian hero who faces all sorts of Victorian adversity only to triumph in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
July 30, 2003
A Dickens classic is brought to the screen in a reduced -- but still rewarding -- film adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 20, 2003
...the poor are ennobled and the rich are demonized. It's only as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 10, 2003
...wonderfully entertaining and remarkably coherent..
| Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
The film clocks in at a little more than two hours; yet this Reader's Digest approach is remarkably fluid and full-bodied.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 16, 2003
McGrath's mild and minor abridgment of Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby glides by so painlessly we never feel we're being oppressed by "classic literature."
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 9, 2003
writer/director Douglas McGrath has efficiently and effectively pared down his source material to craft a consistently engaging and frequently hilarious film version that runs just over two hours and feels half that
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 31, 2003
Many shallower movies these days seem too long, but this one is egregiously short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 31, 2003
Nicholas Nickleby may be the only two-hour, 15-minute movie this year that feels like it's going by too fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
January 31, 2003
Dozens of characters deserve more exploration, so most of the cast is given very little to do, and scant few minutes to do it in.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 25, 2003
The supporting cast alone is the worth of this film - see it for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 24, 2003
Beautiful sets and costumes, cardboard characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 24, 2003
Wow, so who knew Charles Dickens could be so light-hearted?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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