The crucial central roles go wanting.
| Original Score: 2/4
It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.
It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a welcome and faithful addition to the canon, despite some tweaks.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This swift, gorgeous, uneven production captures the scope, flavor and drive, if not the depth, of Dickens' greatest novel.
| Original Score: B+
It's good, not great - but, for some of us, expectations will be met, and then some.
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.
For those who prefer their classic literary adaptations to be as pure as possible, Great Expectations will be a happy addition to the canon.
Yet another big-screen version of Dickens' exquisite tale of striving, charity and arrogance highlights the Gothic deliciousness of the tale.
Does this iteration have anything new, fresh, or innovative to recommend it? Nope.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 6.2/10
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.
One can't help but feel Dickens's classic text has been bent and broken-and not necessarily into a better shape.
Lazy English teachers who park their students in front of this will be doing those kids a service.
The chief reason to watch Newell's film is for the impeccable acting.
A passable feature-length adaptation that does little to burnish the estimable screen legacy of a Dickens classic.
Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel.