Oliver! (1968)

Inspired by Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist, this film version of the musical hit does a masterful job of telling its story almost exclusively through song and dance. Once 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist falls in with such underworld… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 11, 1968
DVD Release Date: August 11, 1998
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It has aged somewhat awkwardly, but the performances are inspired, the songs are memorable, and the film is undeniably influential.

Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

Oliver! is a timeless classic that will be as lovable in 10 or 20 years as it is today.

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TIME Magazine

After a season of watching inane twitching in the name of dance, the viewer is most happily greeted by Onna White's choreography, an exuberant step-by-step exploration of Victorian zeal.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

Mistrust a movie with too many close-ups of Bisto Kid children and doleful dogs: they suggest a director cleverly boxing his way out of some very tight script corners.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career. The Third Man it's not.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Even if you're not a fan of the musicals, Oliver is so witty, so bright and so endearing that even the iciest viewer should start melting in its corona.

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Rich Gold

There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story.

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W. Stephen Gilbert
Time Out

Reed is craftsman enough to make an efficient family entertainment out of Lionel Bart's musical, but not artist enough to put back any of Dickens' teeth which Bart had so assiduously drawn.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Today, it works well as a child's introduction to Dickens.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
They made this in Britain?!? Yes, it's hard to believe, but somehow the Brits got their ducks in a row and turned out this big, rich, snazzy product of… More
Jeremy Smith
Extremely enjoyable musical, perfectly cast with great songs and a great story from Dickens.
Chris Weber
This multi-Oscar winner is the film version of the satge musical adaptation of the classic novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. As you might expect, it's… More
jay nixon
Rollicking version of the stage play, the kind of film Hollywood has lost the art of making. Big and splashy with some lovely songs and fine performances. Well… More
erika bruhns
not my type of film
Jennifer Xu
I think I've seen pretty much every single adaptation of Oliver Twist, and I still like the Disney cats and dogs version the best. This movie is WAY too… More