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Oliver Twist

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Roman Polanski

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Plot Summary

Roman Polanski directs the classic Charles Dickens story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London. Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is forced to live in a workhouse lorded over by the awful Mr. Bumble, who cheats the boys of their meager rations. Desperate yet determined, Oliver makes his escape to the streets of London. Penniless and alone, he is lured into a world of crime by the sinister Fagin (Academy-Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley) -- the mastermind of a gang of pint-sized pickpockets. Oliver's rescue by the kindly Mr. Brownlow is only the beginning of a series of adventures that lead him to the promise of a better life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 55
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A grounded and unusually matter-of-fact adaptation. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: It's as though Polanski had set the story's foolproof motor on cruise control and left the room; the tale is well told but told without personality. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 1, 2005

Rotten: It's noble, high-minded and safe, and I can't help thinking that I would have preferred an audacious but honest failure. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Nitpickers may squawk over missing elements, but the film doggedly hits on the book's big themes: the power of innocence, the cruelty of class. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Oct 1, 2005

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Customer Reviews

2 thumbs way up

it's sortof like the book, those who have read it. it's such a wounderful, heart warming movie. recomened to anyone!


i love this movie!! =]

Exceptional Film

I enjoyed the book, which was very well written. the movie exceeded my expectations. it is a beautiful film, and is a wondeful portrayal of a fabulous book.