The Personal History of David Copperfield


The Personal History of David Copperfield

Critics Consensus

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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A fresh and distinctive take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield, set in the 1840's, chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic, but always full of life, color, and humanity.


Critic Reviews for The Personal History of David Copperfield

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If this represents Iannucci at his softest and most heartfelt, it's far from an embarrassment, and at times, it's a balm.

    Sep 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But while the act of gracefully condensing this big book into a coherent movie is indeed impressive, the truth is that said movie does end up feeling a bit like glorified cliff's notes, albeit ones enlivened by Iannucci's gift for volleying banter.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Iannucci has made his most human film, an attempt to find something helpful, funny and above all positive to help us to navigate the sorry state of Britain of today.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Damon Wise

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • On brightly lit lawns captured by cockeyed Terry Gilliam-esque camera angles, the film comes to fizzy, jaunty life -- nearly all of Iannucci's aggression has been squeezed into storyboarding.

    Sep 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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