Great Expectations Reviews

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Sean Burns
EntertainmentTell
May 5, 2015
This business-like adaptation hums along about as well as a movie can when it has no real reason to exist.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
April 29, 2014
While Mike Newell's adaptation of "Great Expectations" isn't a terrible one by any means, there just isn't enough here to make it worth the time of sitting through a story that's already been done many times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 5, 2013
... has the feel of a very well done History Channel production. Which doesn't make it bad, only superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 1, 2013
In a culture already awash with so much Dickens, another take on 'Great Expectations' needs to be a real pip (forgive me) to be worth the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2013
It somehow feels more suited for the 'Masterpiece Theatre' crowd than for the multiplex.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 17, 2013
Its fidelity to the source and its stylish, though somewhat sedate approach make it a good, if not great, modern alternative to Lean's still-superb filmization.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Prigge
Metro
November 14, 2013
The world can always stand to be reminded, even for the ten thousandth time, of towering art, even from those that include a boring lead who seems to go through a trendy haircut every reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 14, 2013
The crucial central roles go wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 14, 2013
It's a handsome visualization, but it's no substitute for the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 14, 2013
A BBC- or PBS-caliber television movie that, while atmospheric, does not have a ton of production values beyond Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, giving boisterous performances in pivotal roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 13, 2013
Helena Bonham Carter's Miss Havisham is quite the most fascinating incarnation of this character I've ever seen, and she's matched every step of the way by Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 13, 2013
Missing the connective tissue that's served previous adaptations so well. Without dramatic strength, Newell has created a museum piece, best presented on mute.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
November 13, 2013
The latest film version of Dickens' novel offers nothing new except a chance to see another generation of talented hams tackle its memorable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 11, 2013
The immortal classic could not be more relevant in its ironic title alone, to this age of economic crisis in capitalism and the trauma of downward class mobility. And with class uncertainty unleashed back then in both brutal and comical storytelling.
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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
November 10, 2013
It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.
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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
November 8, 2013
This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2013
Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
November 8, 2013
But Newell's version stands out: its emotional core is not so much in the romance between Pip and Estella as in Pip's moral development and how the love story informs and complicates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2013
Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 8, 2013
It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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