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A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist." Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now "Dodge." The prosaically beautiful Oliver falls into the hands of down-and-out young men. Dodge takes the young man under his wing and instructs him in the unforgiving arts of drug abuse and prostitution. As Oliver's innocence dissolves, both young men confront inner and outer demons and, strangely, it is Dodge who finds he cannot escape his past.
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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