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Based on 24 Reviews
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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    From watching this meandering, stilted movie, anyone unfamiliar with Charles Dickens' novel would be not only disinclined to pick it up but also clueless as to why it's considered great. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Transforms Charles Dickens into a Chuck. Ground Chuck, unfortunately. [30 January 1998, p. 7D] show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Lean's wonderful 1946 movie are taken down a peg with a tawdry update of Great Expectations set in modern-day Florida and New York. [30 January 1998, p. 44] show more

  • 88
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Handsome, well-acted, well-written and beautifully directed movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Begins as a great movie (I was spellbound by the first 30 minutes) but ends as only a good one, and I think that's because the screenplay, by Mitch Glazer, too closely follows the romantic line. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    May not be an absolute triumph, but it's significantly better than just a good effort. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    You may well watch this film and not buy into a single frame. Me, I couldn't help myself. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The stars are appealing and the filmmaking is imaginative at times, but the picture never builds much dramatic momentum. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    No doubt about it: Unlike David Lean's much-loved classic, Cuaron's film is loosely based on Dickens. And that's just fine. show more

  • 40
    Angie Errigo Empire

    This plays like a collection of translated, stylised scenes rather than a seamless narrative that arouses one's sympathy with Finn or forbearance for Estella. File under well-meaning failures. show more

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