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Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Loosely based on the Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Great Expectations" is a sensual tale of a young man's unforgettable passage into manhood, and the three individuals who will undeniably change his life forever. Through the surprising interactions of these vivid characters, "Great Expectations" takes a unique and contemporary look at life's great coincidences.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
Finnegan 'Finn' Bell
Hank Azaria
Walter Plane
Chris Cooper
'Uncle' Joe
Anne Bancroft
Ms. Nora Dinsmoor
Robert De Niro
Prisoner Arthur Lustig
Josh Mostel
Jerry Ragno
Kim Dickens
Maggie Bell
Nell Campbell
Erica Thrall
Jeremy James Kissner
Finnegan Bell at Age 10
Raquel Beaudene
Estella at Age 10
Stephen Spinella
Carter Macleish
Mitch Glazer
Screenwriter
Deborah Lee
Executive Producer
John Linson
Co-Producer
Patrick Doyle
Original Music and Songs
Emmanuel Lubezki
Cinematographer
Tony Burrough
Production Designer
John Kasarda
Art Direction
Susan Bode
Set Decoration
Judianna Makovsky
Costume Designer
Deborah Lee
Unit Production Manager
Cheryl Quarantiello
Unit Production Manager
Jim Bigham
Production Supervisor
Thomas A. Reilly
First Assistant Director
Angel De Angelis
Key Hair Stylist
Cecilia Verardi
Key Makeup Artist
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Critic Reviews for Great Expectations

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (22)

Audience Reviews for Great Expectations

  • Dec 23, 2013
    For a Dickens' purist, the movie actually sucks. But, for someone who like something new and can put aside their point of view, Cuaron's Great Expectation is actually a treat to the eyes and the ears (awesome awesome soundtrack). Ethan Hawke is good but not great as he is in other films, where else Gwyneth Paltrow shines here. I do like her in Shakespeare in Love but her seductive and wicked charms as Estella here is quite intriguing to watch. You can see how Cuaron's experimentation is both challenging and devastating in this movie. 7/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    Didn't like it. Didn't like Ethan Hawke's character, but, let's face it, little Finn was cute. Gwyneth's character, big NO. The only things I enjoyed were the although short, Chris Cooper's, Robert De Niro's and Anne Bancroft's characters. A quote by Finn in the beginning of the movie; "I'm not going to tell the story the way it happened. I'm going to tell it the way I remember it."And also the last talk between Ms. Dinsmoor and Finn where Finn repeated her words and gestures; "It's my heart, and its broken." But, overall I didn't like it, the story wasn't engaging and was a bit messy.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2009
    A little slow in parts, but an interesting story line.
    Nikki M Super Reviewer

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