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United Kingdom · 1968
Rated G · 2h 33m
Director Carol Reed
Starring Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe
Genre Drama, Family, Music

This is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's “Oliver Twist,” a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of roguish boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by the master thief Fagin.

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Time Out by

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.


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

Carol Reed's careful if passionless adaptation of the musical was mounted handsomely enough to win the best-picture Oscar back in 1969. In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career.


Empire by Ian Nathan

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 it's corona.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

It’s an uneven film with a tone that veers from playful to menacing. Despite numerous simplifications of the source material, it’s long and, with only a few exceptions, the songs are unremarkable and feel more like filler than organic elements of storytelling.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Sir Carol Reed's Oliver! is a treasure of a movie. It is very nearly universal entertainment, one of those rare films like The Wizard of Oz that appeals in many ways to all sorts of people.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

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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