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Oliver! Reviews

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator
April 7, 2015
Mistrust a movie with too many close-ups of Bisto Kid children and doleful dogs: they suggest a director cleverly boxing his way out of some very tight script corners.
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Wanda Hale
New York Daily News
February 27, 2015
Oliver! is a timeless classic that will be as lovable in 10 or 20 years as it is today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 24, 2014
Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
February 24, 2014
The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
February 24, 2014
Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
February 19, 2013
In adapting Lionel Bart's lavish musical for the screen, director Carol Reed tempered the sticky sentimentality with suitably Dickensian scenes of squalor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2008
Has little bite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

February 19, 2008
Reed's memorable and epic musical provides good family fun, some great musical numbers and in Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Sykes, some of cinema's most beloved unsavoury characters.
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Rich Gold
February 19, 2008
There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.
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TIME Magazine
February 19, 2008
After a season of watching inane twitching in the name of dance, the viewer is most happily greeted by Onna White's choreography, an exuberant step-by-step exploration of Victorian zeal.
Emanuel Levy
December 13, 2007
Overrated at the time of release, the Oscar-winning Oliver! is a skillful but unexciting movie musical, one that softens considerably Dicken's famous novel, and not helped much by the mediocre staging of the production numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide
December 13, 2006
Oliver! is better than most screen musicals of the 1960s, a period when oversized, poorly rendered songfests virtually killed the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career. The Third Man it's not.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 2, 2006
An intense and inspired musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story about an orphan's amazing ordeal on the streets of the big city.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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January 26, 2006
Reed is craftsman enough to make an efficient family entertainment out of Lionel Bart's musical, but not artist enough to put back any of Dickens' teeth which Bart had so assiduously drawn.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 10, 2005
Makes an epic impact, fully exploiting cinema to chase the intensity of a live musical while also allowing time for intimate expression of character.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A treasure of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Handsome, moving version of famed musical
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
March 16, 2004
Memorable, and responsible for inspiring a cottage industry of ragamuffin musicals a la Newsies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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