Great Expectations
Great Expectations (1998)

Alfonso Cuaron (The Little Princess) directed this Mitch Glazer screenplay, a modernization of the 1860-61 classic by Charles Dickens. Some situations in the film are presented as memories -- the way the central figure, Finnegan Bell (Ethan… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Great Expectations is all surface tension: beautiful people shot in beautiful locations without any depth or emotion.

Grace Montgomery
Common Sense Media

Visually stunning retelling has nudity, lots of swearing.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a fairly minor film, but quite lovely and successful at creating its own time and place.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

his film doesn't have anything to say, it just wants to make a fashion statement: Pretty people should get to do stuff other people don't get to do.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Cuarón and company end up throwing all the style they've got at the film... to compensate for a perpetually stalled drama.

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Carlo Cavagna

Charles Dickens' novel has been pared to the bone and set in the present day, and the result is a beautifully shot mess. The characters' motivations could not be any less clear.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Sua 'moral' pode até ser simples, como em todas as fábulas, mas o processo pela qual é 'ensinada' é interessante - e espantosamente otimista.

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Michael Dequina

In the end, shiny surfaces are just that--surfaces, with nothing necessarily underneath.

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

The film's exectution is more of a tragedy than the story.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The drama has a surface charm and panache that draws out the romantic in all of us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
I saw this film a few weeks ago and just couldnt get it out of my mind. It is totally dazzling. Its captivating. I think it probably the closest thing I have… More
Dean McKenna
This modern reworking of the Charles Dickens novel has Gwyneth Paltrow break Ethan Hawke's heart over and over again. Not enough emotion or complexity in a… More
Manu Gino
Such a great love story, really beautiful! Based on Charles Dickens' timeless tale, this is a story of the love of a man for an unreachable woman. Updated… More
Michael Gildea
The more I think about it the less I like it.
Ginny  X
Sweet, made me cry. *sniff!* ^_^ This is a disaster movie for anyone who paints tho.
Andreia Cordeiro
Didn't like it. Didn't like Ethan Hawke's character, but, let's face it, little Finn was cute. Gwyneth's character, big NO. The only… More