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      Great Expectations

      PG-13 2012 2h 8m Drama List
      69% Tomatometer 80 Reviews 50% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A humble orphan becomes a gentleman with help from a mysterious benefactor. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Rent Now

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      Not the best version of the oft-filmed Dickens classic but far from the worst, Mike Newell's Great Expectations breathes just enough life into the source material to justify yet another adaptation.

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      Annlee Ellingson Los Angeles Times It is skillfully made and adeptly performed; even so it doesn't really add anything to the canon. Nov 10, 2013 Full Review Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times This Great Expectations is an absorbing addition to the roster of Dickens films that continues our 21st-century fascination with the worlds created by a 19th-century storyteller. Rated: 3/4 Nov 8, 2013 Full Review Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic Director Mike Newell approaches the sprawling bildungsroman with a stiff formalism, sacrificing all cinematic excitement for the sake of exalting great performances. Rated: 3/5 Nov 8, 2013 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site It is an intelligent and moving version of the book, with a good deal to say in its own right. Feb 12, 2021 Full Review PJ Nabarro Patrick Nabarro Bar running through the dense plot at a rate of knots, it's not obvious what Newell or adaptor David Nicholls' 'take' on the proceedings actually is. Rated: 3/5 Feb 3, 2019 Full Review Joseph Walsh CineVue Designs have an elaborate Pater-esque quality with an 80s Adam Ant twist, in a contemporary turn on Victorian garb. These elements work. Rated: 3/5 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike d Loved every minute of this! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review steve d A fantastic take on one of my all time favorite books. Not to be missed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review isla s This is a good, old character drama. The story is mildly intriguing and there are some interesting characters present. Its a fairly typical Victorian set period drama I suppose, with some sentimentality, the odd surprising moment and so on (I haven't personally read the Charles Dickens book its based on). The music is a bit cheesy I suppose (although that can be excused given its age) but for what it is, its good. I'm not sure I'd expressly recommend it as such, no. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Ralph Finnes is always good doing creepy loner Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is a terrible bastardization of Dickens' story, complete with zero character development whatsoever. Casting is all wrong, save Ralph Fiennes's portrayal of Abel Magwitch, and Olly Alexander shining as Herbert, though he is sadly made a far less important character in this adaptation. Helena Bonham Carter seems perfectly cast as Miss Havisham but falls flat in her interpretation of the character. An entire major plot point and villain was left out of this movie, and we are never given insight into the development of the friendship between Pip and Herbert which was a substantial factor in Pip's development as a protagonist. Skip this, read the book instead if you have not. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member It was okay. A bit boring to be honest, but I'm into high-action movies Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A humble orphan becomes a gentleman with help from a mysterious benefactor.
      Mike Newell
      Laurie Borg, David Faigenblum, Elizabeth Karlsen, Emanuel Michael, Stephen Woolley
      David Nicholls
      Production Co
      iDeal Partners Film Fund, BBC Films, Unison Films, Lipsync Productions, Doco Digital, Number 9 Films, Main Street Movie Company
      PG-13 (Some Violence|Disturbing Images)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 30, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      2h 8m
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