Oliver! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2008
Has little bite.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
February 24, 2014
Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A treasure of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Glorious musical based on Dickens' Oliver Twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rich Gold
February 19, 2008
There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
July 1, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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