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Based on 23 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    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. show more

  • 75
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    More important, Nicholls has created a rich alternative conclusion, one that poignantly sweetens the love story. It's a novel approach to Great Expectations - sharp and gritty giving way to a sentimental finish - and a satisfying one. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Mike Newell’s rich take on the story is a fine introduction for new viewers. show more

  • 70
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel. show more

  • 75
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    Director Mike Newell and screenwriter David Nicholls focus on the major plot points of the well-known story. Their attempts mostly work but at times the film, despite its two-hour-plus length, feels rushed and truncated. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    So even though this isn’t the greatest of “Expectations” — David Lean’s black and white version in the ’40s will your heart — it’s still a pretty grand one. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    An honorable, sober but completely unnecessary take on the Dickens novel, Great Expectations serves as a fine introduction to the story but won’t excite those familiar with previous versions. show more

  • 63
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    If your own expectations are not too high, you crave period-costume drama and you’re one of those unfortunate people who refuses to watch anything in glorious black-and-white, this Great Expectations is worth the time and effort. show more

  • 50
    Steven Boone

    The Newell Great Expectations is just a good-looking Classics Illustrated rundown, something to help high schoolers labor through a Dickens English assignment a little faster. show more

  • 60

    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. show more

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