Great Expectations
Great Expectations (2013)

A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Not the best version of the oft-filmed Dickens classic but far from the worst, Mike Newell's Great Expectations breathes just enough life into the source material to justify yet another adaptation.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The crucial central roles go wanting.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances.

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Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)

The film is always gorgeous. Even the realistic vileness of pre-sewerage-system London streets are a wonder to look at.

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Annlee Ellingson
Los Angeles Times

It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

Honors the source while making some small but significant alterations.

Sean Burns

This business-like adaptation hums along about as well as a movie can when it has no real reason to exist.

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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's not clear what this re-do adds except another line to these actors' resumes.

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Jeff Beck

While Mike Newell's adaptation of "Great Expectations" isn't a terrible one by any means, there just isn't enough here to make it worth the time of sitting through a story that's already been done many times over.

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Rich, intricate adaptation and period-piece, Olly Alexander the pick of the cast.
Jeffrey Meyers
Not being familiar with its source story, or the other numerous film adaptations, I went in to Great Expectations with no real notion of how the story would… More