• Oliver!
    1 minutes 1 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Oliver! Reviews

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 24, 2014
Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2014

Total Film

In adapting Lionel Bart's lavish musical for the screen, director Carol Reed tempered the sticky sentimentality with suitably Dickensian scenes of squalor.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

| Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2008

Film4

Reed's memorable and epic musical provides good family fun, some great musical numbers and in Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Sykes, some of cinema's most beloved unsavoury characters.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 19, 2008
Rich Gold
Variety
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There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008

TIME Magazine
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After a season of watching inane twitching in the name of dance, the viewer is most happily greeted by Onna White's choreography, an exuberant step-by-step exploration of Victorian zeal.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 19, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Overrated at the time of release, the Oscar-winning Oliver! is a skillful but unexciting movie musical, one that softens considerably Dicken's famous novel, and not helped much by the mediocre staging of the production numbers.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

December 13, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oliver! is better than most screen musicals of the 1960s, a period when oversized, poorly rendered songfests virtually killed the genre.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

December 13, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An intense and inspired musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story about an orphan's amazing ordeal on the streets of the big city.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

December 2, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Makes an epic impact, fully exploiting cinema to chase the intensity of a live musical while also allowing time for intimate expression of character.

| Original Score: 4/4

October 10, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A treasure of a movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Handsome, moving version of famed musical

| Original Score: 5/5

October 23, 2004
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2004
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Memorable, and responsible for inspiring a cottage industry of ragamuffin musicals a la Newsies.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Eye-filling and lively, but it was better on the stage

| Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

A great family musical, spirited and youthful, with moments of true sadness, tragedy and joy -- full of rosy cheeked dirty-faced angelic-voiced boys with plenty of mischief inside them.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 4/4

April 27, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As big-budget adaptations Broadway shows go, this is one of the best.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2003
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