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Twist (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Despite of its contemporary setting and some strong performances, this is a bland retelling of Oliver Twist.

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A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist." Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now "Dodge." The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past.

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Stephen McHattie
as The Senator
Moti Yona
as Charley
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Critic Reviews for Twist

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century.

September 3, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4
Seattle Times
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The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.

August 5, 2004 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
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The movie's far too stagy and pretentious.

July 30, 2004 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.

July 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
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Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist.

July 8, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.

June 22, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Twist

A very interesting modern "twist" on the Dickens classic. Very dark, very emotional and (best of all) no precocious children. Not without it's flaws, but all in all a decent production.

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