Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation.
  2. Altogether remarkable, a near-masterpiece.
  3. 90
    This is that rare movie version of a great novel in which watching IS reading.
  4. 88
    Polanski's film is visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque. This is not Ye Olde London, but Ye Harrowing London, teeming with life and dispute.
  5. 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.
  6. 83
    Despite the movie's several shortcomings, it leaves us sated. That's because, unlike Oliver's workhouse, it does give "some more" - more emotional breadth, more hardscrabble farce, and more haunting drama.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    Um bom filme, que mostra uma realidade que ninguém nunca imaginou para uma criança, muito menos para uma como Oliver Twist.
    Esse filme
    transpira emoção e drama, não um tipo enjoativo de drama, mas algo que se quer saber mais, procurar sobre a história, ler o livro.
    É uma pena que o livro deixe a desejar, neste caso.
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  2. Feb 2, 2013
    A movie greatly exaggerated, pessimistic and dramatic. But it's a good movie and very cultured.
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    Like Crysania, I didn't really watch or read the original ones so this was new to me. And I'll say, I really enjoyed this movie. I really didn't expect the movie to be that good. Full Review »