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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Christopher Plummer steals the show without resorting to camp as Nicholas' wounded and wounding Uncle Ralph. It's a great performance and a reminder of Dickens' grandeur. This Cliff's Notes of a film, though lively fun, only hints at that. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a generous tale, told through big performances by a talented cast, presenting a range of colorful characters that only Dickens could have created. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This mid-19th century tale of survival after the death of a parent is still compelling today, and its message of strength and the importance of family continues to resonate. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Given the tragic events that actually happen, "Nickleby" ends not knowing what it was supposed to be. But those first two acts are nearly worth the price of admission. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The actors assembled for Nicholas Nickleby are not only well cast, but well typecast. Each one by physical appearance alone replaces a page or more of Dickens' descriptions, allowing McGrath to move smoothly and swiftly through the story without laborious introductions. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A rambunctious joy. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    McGrath's version of Nicholas Nickleby cashes in on age-old show biz wisdom of "always leave 'em wanting more." It's a pity we're only allowed such a small nibble of one of Dickens' richest works. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    It's an uneven film, but Dickens admirers shouldn't miss it. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    McGrath has managed to turn Dickens into a cozy date movie. When was the last time anybody could make that claim? show more

  • 75
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    A triumph of intelligent adaptation. It shows again how well the great Victorian storyteller translates to film, and makes enjoyable use of a generally first-rate cast. show more

  • December 20, 2009 MILLERBRIT75
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    My father recently passed away and this movie came on in the middle of the night while I was awake doing some thinking. It seemed as if this story coming on was meant to be. It was refreshing and hopeful in a time where many movies lack real storylines and substance. This movie isn't a shoot em up flick or a mindless fast paced display for the simple minded. This movie had heart and intelligence and it's an example of what can be done when real writers put together a film meant to deliver a true message. I give it the full five stars and say bravo to the whole cast and crew for making such a wonderful and hopeful film in a time where this kind of real artistry and storytelling is sorely lacking. This movie has become an all time favorite of mine. Jeff Pennsylvania

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