Great Expectations
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Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories -- the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke) recalls events many years later. At a Florida fishing village, eight-year-old orphan Finn Bell (Jeremy James Kissner), talented at art, is left in the care of his sister and her husband, Joe (Chris Cooper). One day, Finn helps a chained, escaped convict who appears in the surf. On other days, he visits Paradiso Perduto, where he plays with young… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cuarón and company end up throwing all the style they've got at the film... to compensate for a perpetually stalled drama."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Charles Dickens' novel has been pared to the bone and set in the present day, and the result is a beautifully shot mess. The characters' motivations could not be any less clear."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Sua 'moral' pode até ser simples, como em todas as fábulas, mas o processo pela qual é 'ensinada' é interessante - e espantosamente otimista."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"If this movie were a sandwich, it'd be ham on white bread."
‑ David Bartholomew, Film Journal International
"In the end, shiny surfaces are just that--surfaces, with nothing necessarily underneath."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The film's exectution is more of a tragedy than the story."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The drama has a surface charm and panache that draws out the romantic in all of us."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"a dessert for the eyes and ears. the final analysis this modernization of the Charles Dickens classic has almost nothing to say and next to no emotional impact whatsoever."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's a fairly minor film, but quite lovely and successful at creating its own time and place."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"his film doesn't have anything to say, it just wants to make a fashion statement: Pretty people should get to do stuff other people don't get to do."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Una obra maestra."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
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