Charles Dickens's England
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Charles Dickens's England
Derek Jacobi presents this documentary exploring the towns, villages and rural locations where novelist Charles Dickens lived and worked, and looking at how he went on to use these places in his novels and stories.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's the most astonishly inept (and inadvertently hilarious) piece of filmmaking I've seen in a long time."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"The presentation is pedestrian, the tone is overly reverent and the viewer might find their time better spent reading a Dickens classic."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Painful in the extreme, showing how even the best actor can be made uncomfortable by clumsy direction."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Jacobi is an enthusiastic guide while you could easily imagine some of the contributors - an endearingly eccentric bunch - appearing on the pages of David Copperfield or Bleak House."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"So badly written and so ineptly directed that it's often difficult to sit through without giggling."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"He's a ghost of documentaries past: an actorly tour guide reciting lines not written by him, putting on glasses with a scholarly flourish, staring into space to underline poignant moments in the narrative."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Whilst the tone and intention are admirable, the excess of facts and locations spread the message and cohesiveness a little thin."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"A comically inept documentary."
‑ Toby Young, Times [UK]
"This combination of documentary of literary travelogue has no pretensions at all, merely a mad, endearing, Dickensian innocence."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A bland, old-fashioned documentary with a bland, old-fashioned view of Dickens."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The sort of film even an A-level student of Charles Dickens would find redundant, Julian Richards' slapdash effort is staggeringly inept at times. Best suited to television, it feels so archaic it certainly merits the moniker 'Dickensian'."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"A bizarrely stilted, placid, agonisingly slow and hypnotisingly wooden documentary presented by Sir Derek Jacobi. It is like something that might appear on schools TV if everyone behind the camera had been smoking a Constable-Hay-Wain quantity of ganja."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Cut it by an hour and it could be a good and useful introduction to Dickens for English GCSE students, but in its present form this has no place on a cinema screen anywhere."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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