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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"The crucial central roles go wanting."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"While Mike Newell's adaptation of "Great Expectations" isn't a terrible one by any means, there just isn't enough here to make it worth the time of sitting through a story that's already been done many times over."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"It somehow feels more suited for the 'Masterpiece Theatre' crowd than for the multiplex."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"It's a handsome visualization, but it's no substitute for the book."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Los Angeles Times
"Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"... has the feel of a very well done History Channel production. Which doesn't make it bad, only superfluous."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Its fidelity to the source and its stylish, though somewhat sedate approach make it a good, if not great, modern alternative to Lean's still-superb filmization."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A BBC- or PBS-caliber television movie that, while atmospheric, does not have a ton of production values beyond Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter, giving boisterous performances in pivotal roles."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller."
‑ Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"In a culture already awash with so much Dickens, another take on 'Great Expectations' needs to be a real pip (forgive me) to be worth the trouble."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The world can always stand to be reminded, even for the ten thousandth time, of towering art, even from those that include a boring lead who seems to go through a trendy haircut every reel."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Helena Bonham Carter's Miss Havisham is quite the most fascinating incarnation of this character I've ever seen, and she's matched every step of the way by Ralph Fiennes as Abel Magwitch."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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