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Great Expectations Reviews

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November 29, 2017
Though "Great Expectations" is far from a letdown, it doesn't quite feel like it packs the punch its source material deserves.
May 31, 2016
The film is always gorgeous. Even the realistic vileness of pre-sewerage-system London streets are a wonder to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2015
This business-like adaptation hums along about as well as a movie can when it has no real reason to exist.
April 29, 2014
While Mike Newell's adaptation of "Great Expectations" isn't a terrible one by any means, there just isn't enough here to make it worth the time of sitting through a story that's already been done many times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 5, 2013
... has the feel of a very well done History Channel production. Which doesn't make it bad, only superfluous.
Read More | Original Score: 83/100
December 1, 2013
In a culture already awash with so much Dickens, another take on 'Great Expectations' needs to be a real pip (forgive me) to be worth the trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 22, 2013
It somehow feels more suited for the 'Masterpiece Theatre' crowd than for the multiplex.
November 17, 2013
Its fidelity to the source and its stylish, though somewhat sedate approach make it a good, if not great, modern alternative to Lean's still-superb filmization.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 14, 2013
The world can always stand to be reminded, even for the ten thousandth time, of towering art, even from those that include a boring lead who seems to go through a trendy haircut every reel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 14, 2013
The crucial central roles go wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2013
It's a handsome visualization, but it's no substitute for the book.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 14, 2013
A BBC- or PBS-caliber television movie that, while atmospheric, does not have a ton of production values beyond Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, giving boisterous performances in pivotal roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2013
Helena Bonham Carter's Miss Havisham is quite the most fascinating incarnation of this character I've ever seen, and she's matched every step of the way by Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 13, 2013
Missing the connective tissue that's served previous adaptations so well. Without dramatic strength, Newell has created a museum piece, best presented on mute.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 13, 2013
The latest film version of Dickens' novel offers nothing new except a chance to see another generation of talented hams tackle its memorable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 11, 2013
The immortal classic could not be more relevant in its ironic title alone, to this age of economic crisis in capitalism and the trauma of downward class mobility. And with class uncertainty unleashed back then in both brutal and comical storytelling.
November 10, 2013
It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.
November 8, 2013
This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2013
Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2013
But Newell's version stands out: its emotional core is not so much in the romance between Pip and Estella as in Pip's moral development and how the love story informs and complicates it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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