• Network: BBC-1 , BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2008
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 70
    Little Dorrit has so many virtues--indelible performances, stirring pathos, and an emotional and psychological heft unusual for Dickens--that you can forgive its one significant flaw.
  2. Reviewed by: Aubry D'Arminio
    91
    Dorrit is a gripping whodunit, a grand romance, and a timely rags-to-riches-and-back-again tale of financial corruption.
  3. All in all, this is a dynamic, addictive rendition of a complicated novel that catches the spirit of Dickens' "roaring streets" where "the noisy and the eager, and the arrogant and the froward and the vain, fretted and chafed, and made their usual uproar."
  4. Add strong performances by a dozen major characters, starting with Claire Foy as Little Dorrit, and you've got the kind of production television is often accused of having abandoned.
  5. Little Dorrit is the closest TV has to a sure thing: a relatively short-term investment with a satisfyingly large payoff.
  6. Andrew Davies, who made 2006's Bleak House one of the best TV shows of the year, crafts another superb script, with characters and incidents squeezing out the sides, just the thing to satisfy close observers, which anyone joining this maxi mini-series should be.
  7. Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
  8. Little Dorrit is as rich at the margins as at the center with strange, and strangely believable, characters from almost all levels of society, rendered in quick, firm strokes.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    There's so much gaudy talent on display here that those with an appetite for it won't be able to get enough, and Little Dorrit gives them everything they could want in a big, gloriously messy package.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. WinstonL
    Apr 6, 2009
    10
    A great rendition of a great masterpirce. It makes me want to read the book again (and that would be something, since it's over eighth hundred pages long). Still, the acting is superb, the adaptation superb, the sets are well designed. All in all, the best television in many a time. Full Review »
  2. LilyD
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    A true masterpiece.
  3. AnnaN
    Mar 31, 2009
    10
    Excellent. The best television in a long time.