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  • Summary: An updated version of the story by Charles Dickens, set in modern day New York City.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Handsome, well-acted, well-written and beautifully directed movie.
  2. Though Cuaron slips a time or two during his stylistic highwire act, his refreshingly original movie, aided by Hawke's career-best acting in the lead role, is a joy to watch.
  3. You may well watch this film and not buy into a single frame. Me, I couldn't help myself.
  4. 50
    Cuaron is a special talent, and, as botched as Great Expectations often is, it's the kind of failure that deserves an audience--if only to experience Cuaron's way of seeing, which is at its best in the early parts of this film.
  5. The stars are appealing and the filmmaking is imaginative at times, but the picture never builds much dramatic momentum.
  6. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    This plays like a collection of translated, stylised scenes rather than a seamless narrative that arouses one's sympathy with Finn or forbearance for Estella. File under well-meaning failures.
  7. From watching this meandering, stilted movie, anyone unfamiliar with Charles Dickens' novel would be not only disinclined to pick it up but also clueless as to why it's considered great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    9
    In my review of " The notebook" i said that a love story must be coherent, and i think that this movie is coherent and also realistic, a story of a poor guy who fell in love with a rich girl, it might sound like a cliche, but this movie is just different of every romantic movie with that theme, Dickens wrote a great story and Cuarón always find the way in his camera work to make you appreciate and get involve in the right moment. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    8
    I don't know why, but there was something about this movie that made like it so much. Ethan, Gwyneth, Robert and Anne were all fantastic. I loved the Metro Scene and when Finn and Estella find themselves in ms. dinsmoor old house after several years, but overall this movie clicked for me. Expand

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