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  • Summary: A calmly lucid re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic Oliver Twist, updated to current times and moved out of the poor house and onto the streets of Toronto. (Strand Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Under Tierney's admirably low-key, unexploitative direction all his actors are memorable and never seem to be acting. Twist is decidedly dark but consistently engaging.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    Shot on location in subdued colors, Twist offers much less hope for its troubled characters than Dickens did. Its very downbeat vision may turn off auds, which is a pity because the film has a great many qualities, not least the admirable performances of Stahl, Close and Pelletier.
  3. Unfortunately, despite some strong performances, the movie never really makes a case for its own existence.
  4. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    Stahl plays just one note: anguish. You know things are bad when the most interesting character, the menacing brute Bill Sykes, is never heard or seen on-screen.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Tierney's so-serious script lacks any trace of humor, which might actually have made this depressing film feel a bit more real.
  6. 40
    A stripling of 24, Tierney has a very young man's immature passion for unrelieved misery, which borders at times on the tedious, at others on the downright comical.
  7. An intriguing idea for about two seconds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. CCrowe
    Nov 21, 2005
    Subtle, gritty with excellent acting. I liked the low key but honest emotional story. Not Hollywood style - much better. Extraordinary considering the age of the writer/director. Expand

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