• PG-13, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:
    Mike Newell
    In Theaters:
    Nov 8, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 15, 2014
  • Main Street Films


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Great Expectations Reviews

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The crucial central roles go wanting.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

November 14, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times
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It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 10, 2013
Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2013
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's a welcome and faithful addition to the canon, despite some tweaks.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This swift, gorgeous, uneven production captures the scope, flavor and drive, if not the depth, of Dickens' greatest novel.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: B+

November 7, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's good, not great - but, for some of us, expectations will be met, and then some.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times

November 7, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Yet another big-screen version of Dickens' exquisite tale of striving, charity and arrogance highlights the Gothic deliciousness of the tale.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Does this iteration have anything new, fresh, or innovative to recommend it? Nope.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

November 7, 2013
Megan Girdwood
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 6.2/10

November 7, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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One can't help but feel Dickens's classic text has been bent and broken-and not necessarily into a better shape.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

November 5, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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Lazy English teachers who park their students in front of this will be doing those kids a service.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 5, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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The chief reason to watch Newell's film is for the impeccable acting.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 23, 2012
Justin Chang
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A passable feature-length adaptation that does little to burnish the estimable screen legacy of a Dickens classic.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 12, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 12, 2012
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