Charles Dickens's England

2009, Documentary, 2h

13 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Laughably inept Dickens documentary over-egged by a hammy turn by presenter Sir Derek Jacobi. Read critic reviews

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A look into how Charles Dickens used his homes and work places in his novels and stories.

Cast & Crew

Tony Pointon
Tony Dr. Williams
Self
Emlyn Price
Screenwriter
John Cassy
Executive Producer
Keith Hayley
Executive Producer
James Hunt
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Alan M. Trow
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Simon Cox
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Critic Reviews for Charles Dickens's England

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (10)

  • Whilst the tone and intention are admirable, the excess of facts and locations spread the message and cohesiveness a little thin.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Painful in the extreme, showing how even the best actor can be made uncomfortable by clumsy direction.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • A comically inept documentary.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A bizarrely stilted, placid, agonisingly slow and hypnotisingly wooden documentary presented by Sir Derek Jacobi. It is like something that might appear on schools TV if everyone behind the camera had been smoking a Constable-Hay-Wain quantity of ganja.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This combination of documentary of literary travelogue has no pretensions at all, merely a mad, endearing, Dickensian innocence.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Cut it by an hour and it could be a good and useful introduction to Dickens for English GCSE students, but in its present form this has no place on a cinema screen anywhere.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Whilst the tone and intention are admirable, the excess of facts and locations spread the message and cohesiveness a little thin.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Painful in the extreme, showing how even the best actor can be made uncomfortable by clumsy direction.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • A comically inept documentary.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A bizarrely stilted, placid, agonisingly slow and hypnotisingly wooden documentary presented by Sir Derek Jacobi. It is like something that might appear on schools TV if everyone behind the camera had been smoking a Constable-Hay-Wain quantity of ganja.

    July 24, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's the most astonishly inept (and inadvertently hilarious) piece of filmmaking I've seen in a long time.

    December 23, 2011 | Full Review…
  • He's a ghost of documentaries past: an actorly tour guide reciting lines not written by him, putting on glasses with a scholarly flourish, staring into space to underline poignant moments in the narrative.

    July 28, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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