The movie about literature's luckiest orphan may teem with children, but it is not for them. show more
The biggest surprise in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist is that there are no surprises. show more
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.