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Twist (2004)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 26

Despite of its contemporary setting and some strong performances, this is a bland retelling of Oliver Twist.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 14

Despite of its contemporary setting and some strong performances, this is a bland retelling of Oliver Twist.



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A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist." Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now "Dodge." The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and,


Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Jacob Tierney

Oct 19, 2004

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (26) | DVD (5)

One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century.

September 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comment (1)
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The movie's far too stagy and pretentious.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.

July 23, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist.

July 8, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.

June 22, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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My memory may be a little vague on this one, but I don't recall any incest scenes in the original Oliver Twist

November 4, 2004 Full Review Source:

This would make Dickens suicidal, probably in more than one way.

October 19, 2004
Planet Sick-Boy

A surprisingly deep, dramatic twist on an old melodrama.

August 19, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A joyless series of shooting-up scenes.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unrelenting in its tragedy, this movie should come with a major bummer warning or something to help you recover from the haunting images. The story is a little thin at times.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source:

Isn't without interest, but overall it's more an earnest attempt than a successful accomplishmrent.

August 4, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

There's nothing here a handful of show-stopping production numbers -- or a good steam cleaning -- couldn't fix.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf
Movie Boeuf

transforming the ending into a more realistic outcome doesn't make this provocative arthouse fare

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

Exceptional performances and effective raw moments, but too sordid for enjoyment.

June 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

[Tierney] shows a sure and confident hand in the script-writing, pacing and his vision of a starkly-shot grey, cold and inhospitable Toronto in the dead of winter.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for Twist

A very interesting modern "twist" on the Dickens classic.
Very dark, very emotional and (best of all) no precocious children.
Not without it's flaws, but all in all a decent production.
August 7, 2009
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