Great Expectations (1998)



Critic Consensus: Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion.

Movie Info

Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories -- the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village, eight-year-old orphan Finn Bell (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband, Joe (Chris Cooper). One day, Finn helps a chained, escaped … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Romance
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Written By: Charles Dickens, Mitch Glazer
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On DVD: Dec 31, 1998
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Great Expectations

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15)

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Cuarón and company end up throwing all the style they've got at the film... to compensate for a perpetually stalled drama.

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

In the end, shiny surfaces are just that--surfaces, with nothing necessarily underneath.

Full Review… | March 30, 2009

Audience Reviews for Great Expectations


I saw this film a few weeks ago and just couldnt get it out of my mind. It is totally dazzling. Its captivating. I think it probably the closest thing I have seen to a fairytale. It remains true to Dickens and has a great cast. I would say its near perfect

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Such a great love story, really beautiful! Based on Charles Dickens' timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated to modern day New York City, the story concerns a man of modest background who falls in love with a rich girl. But when a mysterious benefactor greenlights the man to make his dreams come true, everything done has the ultimate goal of making Estella fall in love with him...

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Sweet, made me cry. *sniff!* ^_^

This is a disaster movie for anyone who paints tho.

Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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