Nicholas Nickleby
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

One of Charles Dickens' best-loved (and most complex) stories receives its fourth feature film adaptation in this lively historical comedy-drama. Nicholas Nickleby (Charlie Hunnam) is a 19-year-old who becomes the head of the family… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 27, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to a strong cast of experienced actors and director Douglas McGrath's steady hand, Nicholas Nickleby is a worthy and respectful adaptation of the Dickens novel.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

There's a bevy of hiss-worthy baddies to pick up the dramatic slack, beginning with Plummer's wonderfully nefarious Uncle Ralph.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A terrific adaptation with a delightful cast and a speedy pace that defies belief, considering its lengthy source.

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Sean Axmaker

Directed at a sprightly yet smooth pace, [Douglas McGrath's] adaptation packs an astounding amount of complications into just over two hours with deft efficiency.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The film is enriched by an imaginatively mixed cast of antic spirits, headed by Christopher Plummer as the subtlest and most complexly evil Uncle Ralph I've ever seen in the many film and stage adaptations of the work.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

With Dickens' words and writer-director Douglas McGrath's even-toned direction, a ripping good yarn is told.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a pleasurable ride

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A beguiling evocation of the quality that keeps Dickens evergreen: the exuberant openness with which he expresses our most basic emotions.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's just sort of there, one more adaptation of a long rambling Charles Dickens soap opera well-stocked with respected British actors playing painfully stereotypical characters.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Respectful adaptation of rich Dickens novel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
<b>Nicholas Nickelby</b> was a film I was looking forward to watching since it has Charlie Hunnam in it (such a hottie). I love him in Sons of… More
Curtis Lilly
Neat to look at. Pretty classic stuff I suppose.
Thomas Johnston
Charlie Hunnam shows great skills portraying Nicholas Nickleby. Having seen him in other roles with very diverse characters, this young man will be around the… More
Jeremy Smith
Nickleby is a good redition of Dickens novel. But the portrayl of Nickleby is too bitter perfect for my taste.
Cynthia S.
A movie where honor wins. So seldom do you hear about integrity in today's world, and this was a movie about being true to yourself, believing in your… More
Dannielle Albert
Extremely sad but some tender moments. Filled with heroes that display courage, honor, and virtue.

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