Twist (2004)

A gay re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist." Updated to current times, moved out of the poor house and onto the streets, the tale is told from the point of Dickens' character, Artful Dodger--now… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 4, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite of its contemporary setting and some strong performances, this is a bland retelling of Oliver Twist.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.

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Christopher Null

My memory may be a little vague on this one, but I don't recall any incest scenes in the original Oliver Twist

Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist.

Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

This would make Dickens suicidal, probably in more than one way.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The movie's far too stagy and pretentious.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.

Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A surprisingly deep, dramatic twist on an old melodrama.

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Robert C
A very interesting modern "twist" on the Dickens classic. Very dark, very emotional and (best of all) no precocious children. Not without it's… More