Oliver! (1968)

Taken from the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist, Oliver is a 10 million dollar song-and-dance extravaganza. Set to music by Lionel Bart, Oliver (Mark Lester) is a young orphan who asks for more gruel at the orphanage. He is paraded… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 11, 1998
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It has aged somewhat awkwardly, but the performances are inspired, the songs are memorable, and the film is undeniably influential.

Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Oliver! is a timeless classic that will be as lovable in 10 or 20 years as it is today.

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TIME Magazine

After a season of watching inane twitching in the name of dance, the viewer is most happily greeted by Onna White's choreography, an exuberant step-by-step exploration of Victorian zeal.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career. The Third Man it's not.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.

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Rich Gold

There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.

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W. Stephen Gilbert
Time Out

Reed is craftsman enough to make an efficient family entertainment out of Lionel Bart's musical, but not artist enough to put back any of Dickens' teeth which Bart had so assiduously drawn.

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Total Film

In adapting Lionel Bart's lavish musical for the screen, director Carol Reed tempered the sticky sentimentality with suitably Dickensian scenes of squalor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This multi-Oscar winner is the film version of the satge musical adaptation of the classic novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. As you might expect, it's… More
jay nixon
Rollicking version of the stage play, the kind of film Hollywood has lost the art of making. Big and splashy with some lovely songs and fine performances. Well… More
erika bruhns
not my type of film
Jennifer Xu
I think I've seen pretty much every single adaptation of Oliver Twist, and I still like the Disney cats and dogs version the best. This movie is WAY too… More
Jeremy Smith
Extremely enjoyable musical, perfectly cast with great songs and a great story from Dickens.
Lady D'arbanville
Such a huge musical production adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, which captured the era and it?s class divide so clearly. The film also managed to show… More