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


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Oliver! Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has little bite.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

March 18, 2008
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

| Original Score: 2/5

July 20, 2003
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career. The Third Man it's not.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 13, 2006
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer.

Full Review Source: New York Times

February 24, 2014

Time Out
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Reed is craftsman enough to make an efficient family entertainment out of Lionel Bart's musical, but not artist enough to put back any of Dickens' teeth which Bart had so assiduously drawn.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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
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
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
Michael Szymanski

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
Scott Weinberg

| Original Score: 5/5

July 25, 2002
Rich Gold
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There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 19, 2008
Christopher Null

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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Lionel Bart's tunes are highly hummable, and the huge production numbers feature lots of fabulous choreography.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2003
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
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
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

| Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2008
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Handsome, moving version of famed musical

| Original Score: 5/5

October 23, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

It may be stylised and in some ways out of date, but the charm of Oliver will delight you over and over again.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 1, 2000
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