My memory may be a little vague on this one, but I don't recall any incest scenes in the original Oliver Twist
| Original Score: 2/5
This would make Dickens suicidal, probably in more than one way.
One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A surprisingly deep, dramatic twist on an old melodrama.
| Original Score: 3/4
A joyless series of shooting-up scenes.
Unrelenting in its tragedy, this movie should come with a major bummer warning or something to help you recover from the haunting images. The story is a little thin at times.
| Original Score: 3/5
The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.
| Original Score: D
Isn't without interest, but overall it's more an earnest attempt than a successful accomplishmrent.
| Original Score: C
The movie's far too stagy and pretentious.
Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.
| Original Score: 2/4
There's nothing here a handful of show-stopping production numbers -- or a good steam cleaning -- couldn't fix.
Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.
transforming the ending into a more realistic outcome doesn't make this provocative arthouse fare
Exceptional performances and effective raw moments, but too sordid for enjoyment.
Not much happens in Twist, apart from a dismal series of personal degradations, each more depressing than the last.
[Tierney] shows a sure and confident hand in the script-writing, pacing and his vision of a starkly-shot grey, cold and inhospitable Toronto in the dead of winter.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Stahl is definitely one to watch closely -- he's the real deal. But the emerging plot isn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Decidedly dark but consistently engaging.
If he's listening, old Charlie Dickens must surely be yelling 'Liven it up, lads!' from the grave.