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  • Summary: Director Roman Polanski and writer Ronald Harwood re-imagine Charles Dickens' classic story of a young boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Dark, dank and violent, filled with terrifying scenes in which exploited children are beaten, shot or starving to death. In other words, it's just as Dickens wrote.
  4. 67
    And that ultimately may be the problem with the Polanski version: by bringing Oliver forward, you push the drama backward.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The big surprise in Polanski's Oliver is the lack of a discernible personal stamp, especially from such a directorial master of the macabre.
  6. The biggest surprise in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is that there are no surprises.
  7. 30
    The fact that there's nothing wrong with it -- that there's nary a scenic detail or scrap of dialogue or performance that isn't utterly on the nose -- is precisely what's wrong with it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Apr 18, 2011
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    7
    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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  3. Feb 2, 2013
    6
    A movie greatly exaggerated, pessimistic and dramatic. But it's a good movie and very cultured.

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