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Great Expectations

PG-13 In Theaters 11/8/2013 , 128min.
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November 22, 2013
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It’s handsome, involving and stars the cream of British acting talent — but so did Lean’s unbeatable version, and Newell and Nicholls’ safe, schoolteacher-friendly interpretation makes no real case for going down this much-travelled road once more. Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
Newell's film doesn't supplant Lean's, of course. The yearning is more vague, the gloom less consummate. But it's the best since, rich in feeling and dark beauty, alive with the superior scenecraft, chatter, and imagination of the most beloved of novelists. Full Review
Andrew Lapin
The Dissolve
Newell brings the tale a brisk touch, avoiding the fate of Victorian costume epics bloated by too much window-dressing. Full Review
Cath Clarke
Time Out London
What marks out director Mike Newell and writer David Nicholls’s version is its impeccable acting. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
It's an oft-told tale, but director Mike Newell's handsome version of Charles Dickens' epic novel is marked by strong performances, well-developed characters and gorgeous cinematography. Full Review

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