Expressionistic noir photography suffuses David Lean’s Oliver Twist with a nightmarish quality, fitting its bleak, industrial setting. In Dickens’ classic tale, an orphan wends his way from cruel apprenticeship to den of thieves in search of a true home. Here Alec Guinness is the quintessential Fagin, his controversial performance fully restored in Criterion’s digital transfer.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It is safe to proclaim that it is merely a superb piece of motion picture art and, beyond doubt, one of the finest screen translations of a literary classic ever made.
Fresh: From every angle this is a superb achievement.
Fresh: Alec Guinness as the master pickpocket Fagin is the high point of David Lean's 1948 version of the Dickens classic.
Fresh: Perhaps marginally less beguiling than Great Expectations, but still a moving and enjoyable account of Dickens' masterpiece.