Twist (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past.
R (for disturbing sexual content, drug use, language and some violence)
Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Nick Stahl
as Dodge
Joshua Close
as Oliver
Gary Farmer
as Fagin
Tygh Runyan
as David
Stephen McHattie
as The Senator
Moti Yona
as Charley
Max McCabe
as Noah
Josh Holliday
as Morris
Mike Lobel
as Bully
Emily Hampshire
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Twist

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

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

September 3, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.

Full Review… | August 5, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The movie's far too stagy and pretentious.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.

June 22, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Twist

This modernized Oliver Twist is a good film. It's understated, and all the more upsetting for it: the gradual degradation of the Oliver character is believable and genuinely disturbing. The slow-burn tragedy of the story, the literal darkening of the atmosphere as day scenes give way entirely to night, convince the viewer as effectively as the characters that there is no way out of their unhappiness. The weight of the movie is on Stahl as the Artful Dodger ("Dodge"), and he carries it faultlessly.

dusty rose
dusty rose

I am stunned by the negative reviews - especially from "professional" critics who condemn the movie simply because it is sad. Well, clearly they have no knowledge of the historical impact of the Dickens tale. It was a eye-opening sketch regarding the exploitation of poor kids. This is the same story in a modern face. People are uncomfortable with sex - especially among youth. They are also clearly uncomfortable with poverty. What I find interesting is that critics gushed over the movie Precious - even though it is stark, sexual, and extremely depressing. Yet -- this same film provokes condemnation for being equally sad. I suspect that people are used to seeing poverty and devastation in black face -- especially in the US. But seeing it among white youth - especially "gay" youth is too much for them. Too many stereotypes are challenged. Statistics, however, show that very high percentages of gay youth are homeless, and many of them engage in prostitution for survival. Take off your blinders folks. This is real! Same-sex marriage will not cure it.

tony smith
tony smith

enjoyable and let's face it, it happens in this world. it's nice to see it being brought to light. so to the reviewers who are offended, think about the kids who live this life really, would you poo poo them away or be offended by them?

Dale Calloway
Dale Calloway

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