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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's unlikely audiences will be echoing a starving Oliver's most famous line: "Please, sir, I want some more." show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The big surprise in Polanski's Oliver is the lack of a discernible personal stamp, especially from such a directorial master of the macabre. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Two dramatic problems beset Roman Polanski's darkly handsome new film of the Dickens novel. The boy is as passive as ever, and bleak in the bargain -- instead of glowing like the Oliver of the musical, he takes light in -- while Ben Kingsley's Fagin and Jamie Foreman's Bill Sikes manage to make villainy a bit of a bore. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie about literature's luckiest orphan may teem with children, but it is not for them. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Kingsley seems determined to rescue this old chestnut of a character from Jewish stereotypes, but to what end? Oliver's boyhood has become worse than Dickensian - it's bland. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The biggest surprise in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is that there are no surprises. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Polanski's film is visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque. This is not Ye Olde London, but Ye Harrowing London, teeming with life and dispute. show more

  • 75
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Dark, dank and violent, filled with terrifying scenes in which exploited children are beaten, shot or starving to death. In other words, it's just as Dickens wrote. show more

  • 75

    It's worth noting that Oliver Twist will likely be no Harry Potter at the box office, due in no small part to a lack of bombastic special effects and supernatural subplots, yet it's nearly as entertaining, even without the wizardry. show more

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