Nicholas Nickleby
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One of Charles Dickens' best-loved (and most complex) stories receives its fourth feature film adaptation in this lively historical comedy-drama. Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) is a 19-year-old who becomes the head of the family when his father dies unexpectedly. Keeping watch over his mother (Stella Gonet) and his sister Kate (Romola Garai) becomes an even greater challenge when Nicholas discovers that his father lost the family fortune due to ill-advised investments. Without a shilling to his name, Nicholas turns to his wealthy but unforgiving Uncle Ralph (Christopher Plummer) for… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"There's a bevy of hiss-worthy baddies to pick up the dramatic slack, beginning with Plummer's wonderfully nefarious Uncle Ralph."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A terrific adaptation with a delightful cast and a speedy pace that defies belief, considering its lengthy source."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"a pleasurable ride"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Ultimately the film leans toward the blandness of its star."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Does a respectable job of retelling as much of Dickens’ tale as possible in the time alloted."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"The film is enriched by an imaginatively mixed cast of antic spirits, headed by Christopher Plummer as the subtlest and most complexly evil Uncle Ralph I've ever seen in the many film and stage adaptations of the work."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"With Dickens' words and writer-director Douglas McGrath's even-toned direction, a ripping good yarn is told."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Respectful adaptation of rich Dickens novel."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Filled with exquisite craftsmanship bringing the Charles Dickens' classic to life, Nicholas Nickleby is an intricate, absorbing saga about the triumph of goodness over evil."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"A light and brisk take on the account of Nicholas, a typically Dickensian hero who faces all sorts of Victorian adversity only to triumph in the end."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"A beguiling evocation of the quality that keeps Dickens evergreen: the exuberant openness with which he expresses our most basic emotions."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"It's just sort of there, one more adaptation of a long rambling Charles Dickens soap opera well-stocked with respected British actors playing painfully stereotypical characters."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An absolutely entertaining, well acted, and well-directed film adaptation."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"the perfect resource for students who've balked at the book's brick-like dimensions but who have an exam on it the next day, and need a quick overview"
‑ Mark Adnum, FILMINK (Australia)
"A Dickens classic is brought to the screen in a reduced -- but still rewarding -- film adaptation."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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