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Oliver! Reviews

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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.
March 18, 2008
Has little bite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
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.
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
February 24, 2014
Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2004
A treasure of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 26, 2010
Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 27, 2003
A great family musical, spirited and youthful, with moments of true sadness, tragedy and joy -- full of rosy cheeked dirty-faced angelic-voiced boys with plenty of mischief inside them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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February 19, 2008
There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.
March 16, 2004
Memorable, and responsible for inspiring a cottage industry of ragamuffin musicals a la Newsies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Lionel Bart's tunes are highly hummable, and the huge production numbers feature lots of fabulous choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
July 1, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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