Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (1951)

The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel (Great Expectations (1946) was the first), Oliver Twist expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 1999
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Alec Guinness as the master pickpocket Fagin is the high point of David Lean's 1948 version of the Dickens classic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is safe to proclaim that it is merely a superb piece of motion picture art and, beyond doubt, one of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Definitely the version to see before you subject yourself, say, to Polanski's bloated 2005 version.

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Variety Staff
Variety

From every angle this is a superb achievement.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's Lean's direction that makes the production really pop. It's relentless, but fluid and deft, keeping us on our toes rather than wallowing in misery.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Classic Dickens ... the definitive version. Please, sir, we want some more!

Time Out

Perhaps marginally less beguiling than Great Expectations, but still a moving and enjoyable account of Dickens' masterpiece.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite compression of characters and charges of Alec Guinness' anti-Semitic potrayal of Fagin, David Lean's version is still the most dramatically compelling, historically atmopsheric, and flawlessly acted.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The ultimate version of the Dickens novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Charles Dickens as a storyteller is inherently episodic. Having cut his teeth as a journalist and shorthand writer, he carried over this approach into his works… More
Tim Sigur
David Lean makes the depression look fun compared to this.
Randy Tippy
David Lean does Dickens like no other. Absolutely superb.
Jennifer Xu
Slow and dull. Ugly main characters. I liked Fagin. That's it.
Luke Baldock
Beautiful and unrivaled adaptation of Oliver Twist. No amount of Food, Glorious Food is going to lay this gem to rest. Lean creates a visual masterpiece evident… More
Simeon Deutsch
With magnificent performances and beautiful black and white cinematography, this film ranks among David Lean's masterpieces, though it is hard for Alec… More