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Great Expectations Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 14, 2013
The crucial central roles go wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 7, 2013
An honorable, sober but completely unnecessary take on the Dickens novel, "Great Expectations" serves as a fine introduction to the story but won't excite those familiar with previous versions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 7, 2013
It's a welcome and faithful addition to the canon, despite some tweaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 7, 2013
This swift, gorgeous, uneven production captures the scope, flavor and drive, if not the depth, of Dickens' greatest novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 7, 2013
It's good, not great - but, for some of us, expectations will be met, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2013
For all its lapses, the portrait of a Darwinian social order of haves and have-nots resonates with the chilly, jittery times in which we live.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 7, 2013
For those who prefer their classic literary adaptations to be as pure as possible, Great Expectations will be a happy addition to the canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 7, 2013
Yet another big-screen version of Dickens' exquisite tale of striving, charity and arrogance highlights the Gothic deliciousness of the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
November 7, 2013
Does this iteration have anything new, fresh, or innovative to recommend it? Nope.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Megan Girdwood
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2013
This remake is the victim of its own loyalty, forgetting that the confounding of expectation is what brought the story to life in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 6, 2013
If your own expectations are not too high, you crave period-costume drama and you're one of those unfortunate people who refuses to watch anything in glorious black-and-white, this Great Expectations is worth the time and effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 5, 2013
One can't help but feel Dickens's classic text has been bent and broken-and not necessarily into a better shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
November 5, 2013
Lazy English teachers who park their students in front of this will be doing those kids a service.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 23, 2012
The chief reason to watch Newell's film is for the impeccable acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 12, 2012
A passable feature-length adaptation that does little to burnish the estimable screen legacy of a Dickens classic.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2012
Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel.