The Personal History of David Copperfield

2020

The Personal History of David Copperfield

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The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.

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From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

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  • Still, the film ultimately lives or dies on the strength of its central performance. And in Patel's hands it's a thing of beauty. You've got to love him.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Needed to be fresh and fun to justify its existence and it is, often thanks to that scorching ensemble cast.

    January 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Also, Dickens's female characters are much improved, so all hail this showcase for the talent of Iannucci, a sly reminder that it's possible to be both a national treasure and a thorn in the establishment's side.

    October 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Everything rattles and zings like a pinball machine, and it's a bracing, entertaining, richly satisfying experience.

    October 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Iannucci has fun with the classic serial-turned-novel and throws in a bit of defiant color-blind casting for kicks, but it takes some getting used to a gentler, less biting Iannucci.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

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  • The meta-fiction may be overdone, but that and the director's feeling for tone create the expansive atmosphere in which a talented multiracial cast lead by Dev Patel can master everything from pure melodrama to high comedy.

    September 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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