Oliver Twist
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Director Roman Polanski gives one of Charles Dickens' best-loved stories a new and dynamic interpretation in this period drama. Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is a young orphan in Victorian England who has been sent to a dank workhouse run by the miserly Mr. Bumble (Jeremy Swift) when it is learned there is no one to care for him. When Oliver dares to ask for more gruel, he is sent away to live with an undertaker, who treats him poorly. Preferring life on the streets to the treatment he's been receiving, Oliver runs away to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger (Harry Eden), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's noble, high-minded and safe, and I can't help thinking that I would have preferred an audacious but honest failure."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Poignant and primal, Roman Polanski's splendid adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic pricks the heart and the conscience."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A smorgasbord of urban decay, social disorder, and class conflict imbues the film with a potent sensuality"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Polanski has crafted something that already feels like a classic film, beautiful to look at, combining accurate period detail with a certain gothic expressionism and brimming with earthy characters and high drama."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Probably the thing that Polanski's Oliver Twist does best, is deliver the mood of the day"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Great expectations are unavoidable when Roman Polanski takes on a Charles Dickens classic. Alas, his version of Oliver Twist fails to live up to them."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"In Oliver Twist, it's the viewer who is punished."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Oliver Twist is an affecting and refreshing adaptation of Dickens seminal work from a master director."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The unspoken sense of youthful post-traumatic holocaust syndrome shock and awe in Polanski's Twist is as palpable as the murky stench and appalling human misery of Dickens' chaotic London streets."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"With intelligence and style (inspired by the art of Gustave Doré and Francisco Solé), Polanski makes a rewarding contribution to Dickens' legacy on screen."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Oliver Twist is a lovely, tony picture, but it isn't exactly essential."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The horrors are comfily buttressed by storybook polish"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Polanski's film is not a bad adaptation, and it may be a fine way to introduce children to the classic story. But it is not exactly a definitive version of that story."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The movie understands what Polanski himself knew upon surviving the Holocaust--you take your kindness where you can find it, weighing its price along the way."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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