Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist (1951)

The second of director David Lean's adaptations of a Charles Dickens novel (Great Expectations (1946) was the first), Oliver Twist expertly boils down an enormous novel to a little less than two hours' screen time. The film begins… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 30, 1951
DVD Release Date: January 12, 1999
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Alec Guinness as the master pickpocket Fagin is the high point of David Lean's 1948 version of the Dickens classic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is safe to proclaim that it is merely a superb piece of motion picture art and, beyond doubt, one of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's Lean's direction that makes the production really pop. It's relentless, but fluid and deft, keeping us on our toes rather than wallowing in misery.

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Variety Staff

From every angle this is a superb achievement.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

The film is worth seeing for Guy Green's lustrous photography and David Lean's peerless image-making.

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Emanuel Levy

Despite compression of characters and charges of Alec Guinness' anti-Semitic potrayal of Fagin, David Lean's version is still the most dramatically compelling, historically atmopsheric, and flawlessly acted.

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Time Out

Perhaps marginally less beguiling than Great Expectations, but still a moving and enjoyable account of Dickens' masterpiece.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Cruelty and murder in Dickens tale of orphan boy.

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Christopher Null

Definitely the version to see before you subject yourself, say, to Polanski's bloated 2005 version.

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Daniel Mumby
Charles Dickens as a storyteller is inherently episodic. Having cut his teeth as a journalist and shorthand writer, he carried over this approach into his works… More
Tim Sigur
David Lean makes the depression look fun compared to this.
Randy Tippy
David Lean does Dickens like no other. Absolutely superb.
Jennifer Xu
Slow and dull. Ugly main characters. I liked Fagin. That's it.
Luke Baldock
Beautiful and unrivaled adaptation of Oliver Twist. No amount of Food, Glorious Food is going to lay this gem to rest. Lean creates a visual masterpiece evident… More
Joseph Boomhower
Lightning doesn't always strike in the same place strike, but David Lean's follow up to "Great Expectations" is another Charles… More