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Great Expectations Reviews

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November 7, 2013
This remake is the victim of its own loyalty, forgetting that the confounding of expectation is what brought the story to life in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
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
November 25, 2012
Newell and Nicholls' safe, schoolteacher-friendly interpretation makes no real case for going down this much-travelled road once more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2013
You know what you're getting with this movie. Perhaps some will appreciate a nicely decorated, predictable take on a beloved book. I'd rather something riskier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 7, 2013
Remaking a literary and cinema classic can be a Dickens of a job.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 10, 2013
A fresh rendering of the Dickens classic, designed to mark the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth, plays it far too safe to ever challenge Lean's definitive take.
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
October 22, 2012
Overall, despite the abundance of cobwebs and dust in the Havisham mansion, this adaption has a glossy, superficial feel to it. More grit, texture and emotion are what's needed to really bring this story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 29, 2012
Great Expectations is about as comfortable as a very fat man sitting in a very small aircraft seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 29, 2012
Mike Four Weddings and a Funeral Newell directs the only way he could, as if he hasn't noticed the direness of the project.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 8, 2013
It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2013
One can't help but feel Dickens's classic text has been bent and broken-and not necessarily into a better shape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2015
This business-like adaptation hums along about as well as a movie can when it has no real reason to exist.
November 7, 2013
Does this iteration have anything new, fresh, or innovative to recommend it? Nope.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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 26, 2012
The dourness and grit that Newell opts for stylistically doesn't really carry any weight because Pip always seems too passive - more easily swayed than driven by obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2012
[A] grim and cheerless adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 22, 2013
It somehow feels more suited for the 'Masterpiece Theatre' crowd than for the multiplex.
December 2, 2012
Even with lowered expectations it's far from great. What a shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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