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After countless faithful translations to the big screen -- not to mention one timeless, Oscar-winning musical version -- Charles Dickens' tale of downtrodden London youth is given a gritty, contemporary spin in this independent Canadian production. This time told from the point of view of the Artful Dodger, Twist transposes the story of Oliver Twist to modern-day Toronto, where Dodge (Nick Stahl) is a smack-addicted male hustler working the streets when he comes across foster-home runaway Oliver (Joshua Close). The two strike up a fast friendship and Dodge makes the boy his apprentice,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"My memory may be a little vague on this one, but I don't recall any incest scenes in the original Oliver Twist"
‑ Christopher Null,
"A joyless series of shooting-up scenes."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"There's nothing here a handful of show-stopping production numbers -- or a good steam cleaning -- couldn't fix."
‑ David N. Butterworth, Movie Boeuf
"The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"This would make Dickens suicidal, probably in more than one way."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Unrelenting in its tragedy, this movie should come with a major bummer warning or something to help you recover from the haunting images. The story is a little thin at times."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"transforming the ending into a more realistic outcome doesn't make this provocative arthouse fare"
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"The movie's far too stagy and pretentious."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A surprisingly deep, dramatic twist on an old melodrama."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Isn't without interest, but overall it's more an earnest attempt than a successful accomplishmrent."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Exceptional performances and effective raw moments, but too sordid for enjoyment."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
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