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  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Although the acting is uneven and the movie's dead spots make it feel far longer than its running time, the twist in Twist' is certainly clever. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Unfortunately, despite some strong performances, the movie never really makes a case for its own existence. show more

  • 30
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Even more egregious than the film's concept is its execution, as it somehow manages to make scenes of drug addiction, hustling and even brotherly incest quite tedious. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    It's a mini-masterwork of acting. Stahl is definitely one to watch closely -- he's the real deal. But the emerging plot isn't. show more

  • 25
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    More tedious than affecting. show more

  • 40
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Tierney's so-serious script lacks any trace of humor, which might actually have made this depressing film feel a bit more real. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Under Tierney's admirably low-key, unexploitative direction all his actors are memorable and never seem to be acting. Twist is decidedly dark but consistently engaging. show more

  • 70
    David Stratton Variety

    Shot on location in subdued colors, Twist offers much less hope for its troubled characters than Dickens did. Its very downbeat vision may turn off auds, which is a pity because the film has a great many qualities, not least the admirable performances of Stahl, Close and Pelletier. show more

  • 40
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    A stripling of 24, Tierney has a very young man's immature passion for unrelieved misery, which borders at times on the tedious, at others on the downright comical. show more

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