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Nicholas Nickleby

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United Kingdom, United States
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2002

Rated PG · 2h 12m

Director Douglas McGrath
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer

Genre Adventure, Drama, Action, Family

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Based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, this story follows the titular Nicholas Nickelby, who seeks help from his uncle after his father dies and leaves the family penniless. When the uncle's exploitative intentions become clear, Nicholas must escape from his strict boarding school to save his family before its' too late.

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75

Miami Herald by Connie Ogle

McGrath has managed to turn Dickens into a cozy date movie. When was the last time anybody could make that claim?
70

The New York Times by Dana Stevens

The director has produced a colorful, affecting collage of Dickensian moods and motifs, a movie that elicits an overwhelming desire to plunge into 900 pages of 19th-century prose.
75

Portland Oregonian by Marc Mohan

An enjoyable sojourn into the world of Dickens and could inspire a trend. Shakespeare and Austen have had their Hollywood moments during the past few years; why not the proto-Hollywood Dickens?
75

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Christopher Plummer steals the show without resorting to camp as Nicholas' wounded and wounding Uncle Ralph. It's a great performance and a reminder of Dickens' grandeur. This Cliff's Notes of a film, though lively fun, only hints at that.
60

Film Threat by Phil Hall

McGrath's new film offers a treat for fans of Dickens and moviegoers who love to see a fairly large cast ham it up with delirious abandon.
90

Time by Richard Schickel

Now and then McGrath's film feels a bit rushed and breathless, but mostly you sink gratefully into its handsomely staged plenitude.

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