Great Expectations Reviews
Jun 28, 2021
The film is almost never less than graceful, tasteful, and intelligent, and some of it is better than that.
Oct 21, 2020
The British director, David Lean, is the real star of this offering. Formerly an imitator of stage techniques, he proves himself a real movie virtuoso.
Feb 16, 2016
Great Expectations is a unique and reassuring British film.
Aug 26, 2013
With characters so vividly drawn, their ambitions and disappointments are keenly felt
Mar 26, 2009
Only rabid Dickensians will find fault with the present adaptation, and paradoxically only lovers of Dickens will derive maximum pleasure from the film.
Jan 9, 2009
When David Lean adapted one of the all-time great novels to the screen, he never forgot he was making a movie.
Nov 1, 2008
Lean fills Great Expectations with a wealth of visual detail and vivid characters and personalities... and he directs with a warmth and humor...
Feb 23, 2008
One of Lean's gems, this superb adapation of Dickens is still the vest version (for film or TV), boasting great acting from John Mills and Alec Guinness (who were regulars in helmer's work) and accomplished production values acknowledged with Oscars.
Nov 6, 2007
If you want to see how Dickens anticipated the cinema, consider how little had to be done to bring the graveyard meeting between Pip and Magwitch to the screen.
Nov 6, 2007
The graveyard scene is still a shocker, the details are still astonishingly well assembled, and the performances are wonderful.
Jan 29, 2007
This is still the definitive version of Charles Dickens' amospheric and occasionally creepy classic.
Jun 24, 2006
The definitive adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is this one from David Lean.
Feb 9, 2006
David Lean's black-and-white masterpiece may be a whirlwind tour of Dickens' novel, but what a well-performed, economic and atmospheric tour it is.