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Great Expectations Reviews

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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
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
It's a handsome visualization, but it's no substitute for the book.
Read More | 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 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
November 8, 2013
Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
An honorable, sober but completely unnecessary take on the Dickens novel, "Great Expectations" serves as a fine introduction to the story but won't excite those familiar with previous versions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2013
It's a welcome and faithful addition to the canon, despite some tweaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2013
This swift, gorgeous, uneven production captures the scope, flavor and drive, if not the depth, of Dickens' greatest novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 7, 2013
It's good, not great - but, for some of us, expectations will be met, and then some.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
For all its lapses, the portrait of a Darwinian social order of haves and have-nots resonates with the chilly, jittery times in which we live.
November 7, 2013
For those who prefer their classic literary adaptations to be as pure as possible, Great Expectations will be a happy addition to the canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2013
Yet another big-screen version of Dickens' exquisite tale of striving, charity and arrogance highlights the Gothic deliciousness of the tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2013
While the latest Great Expectations is unnecessary...it's somehow endearing. Director Mike Newell has delivered an easily digestible, though visually plain, take on the classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 7, 2013
[Helena Bonham Carter gives] a wonderful rendering of Miss Havisham, equal parts melancholy, good-hearted and downright creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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