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Oliver Twist

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Czech Republic, United Kingdom, France · 2005
Rated PG-13 · 2h 10m
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Barney Clark, Ben Kingsley, Jamie Foreman, Harry Eden
Genre Crime, Drama, Family

An adaptation of the beloved Dickens classic. The orphaned Oliver Twist meets a young pickpocket on the streets of London and joins a household gang of boys who are trained to steal for their villainous master. As sorrowful, poignant, and emotionally rich as the novel that inspired it.

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Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

Polanski's version, though handsomely realized, is a fairly conventional rendering of the novel that probably won't be counted among his best films.


L.A. Weekly by Ella Taylor

Lacking energy and pace and enslaved by a ghastly score, this tepid movie left me longing alternately for David Lean's thrillingly grim 1948 masterpiece, and Carol Reed's chipper 1968 sing-along, with pretty tunes by Lionel Bart.


Village Voice by Jessica Winter

Accomplished if lacking in urgency, this Oliver Twist (scripted by Ronald Harwood, who also wrote "The Pianist") showcases Polanski's proven gift for Dickensian caricature.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Yet precisely because this is by Roman Polanski, it's irresistible to read his sorrowful and seemingly classical take, from a filmmaker known as much for the schisms in his personal history as for the lurches in his work, as something much more personal and poignant.

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