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One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean’s Great Expectations brings Charles Dickens’s masterpiece to robust on-screen life. Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella populate Lean’s magnificent miniature, beautifully photographed by Guy Green and designed by John Bryan.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [A] glowing illumination of the warm and deliciously surprising tale.
Fresh: Only rabid Dickensians will find fault with the present adaptation, and paradoxically only lovers of Dickens will derive maximum pleasure from the film.
Fresh: [It] has been called the greatest of all the Dickens films, and [it] does what few movies based on great books can do: Creates pictures on the screen that do not clash with the images already existing in our minds.
Fresh: The graveyard scene is still a shocker, the details are still astonishingly well assembled, and the performances are wonderful.