Mr. Pip Reviews

November 6, 2014
It's a weak-tea imitation at best.
November 3, 2014
It's not a perfect film but it's not often you get one that sings literature's praises so eloquently, and that makes up for a lot.
November 3, 2014
Mr. Pip doesn't start going seriously awry until its second half, when things get more eventful in ways that are compacted from the novel yet seem more disconnected.
September 12, 2012
Adamson mixes magical realism with hard-hitting historical drama in a way that feels both contrived and questionable, even if the filmmakers clearly have their hearts in the right place.
Top Critic
September 11, 2012
Know what you're in for, because what you're in for is difficult.
January 3, 2018
What [director Andrew Adamson] hasn't been able to do is pull off the story's central narrative shock in a way that preserves its unity rather than splitting it right down the middle.
December 31, 2014
... has difficulty finding cohesion among its divergent elements.
November 3, 2014
It's ambitious, it's bloody and it's confusing.
November 26, 2013
I found this film hard to embrace. Mr Watts is a strange character who seems to create problems for himself when he doesn't need to.
November 8, 2013
Based on the novel by Lloyd Jones, the film is a visually lush, surprising, moving story that wears its unusual premise with a deftly blended mixture of lyricism and brutality.
November 3, 2013
It will eventually find a home in classrooms, much like Great Expectations before it. However, I don't expect it to invigorate or inspire kids as Mr. Dickens' work regularly does.
November 2, 2013
"..from a story about literature as the door to imagination and inner freedom to the brutality of ignorance and the lack of imagination, from a coming of age story to a character portrait, and a hero's journey
November 2, 2013
I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that
October 3, 2013
Hugh Laurie as the children's teacher Mr Watts is both hauntingly sad and inspiring, and the captivating Xzannjah as Matilda is a natural.
September 27, 2013
Adamson claims that this was a labor of love, but it leaves you with the feeling that it was made for those who've read the book, and in such a lackadaisical approach to storytelling that it's unlikely to attract new fans.
September 20, 2012
Hugh Laurie is excellent.