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on October 10, 2010
This is a brilliant adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist!" I've just finished viewing it for the second time and it will stay with me for some time to come.

First let me say that if you are looking for the popular musical, "Oliver!" with the famous songs "Who Will Buy?" and "Consider Yourself" and "Oom Pah Pah" you will not find them here. Not to take away from the musical at all (for it is itself a great work), this particular masterpiece of theatre is, by comparison, a dark, brooding, foggy, muddy, cold, rainy, sullen and raw depiction of the London-based classic. It is not a comedy by any means. It is not uplifting. Oliver (wondrously portrayed by Barney Clark), while exceedingly appealing does not come across as precocious. His 'realness' is what makes his character so believable. Roman Polanski's film is very faithful to Dickens' novel; this boy Oliver suffers greatly for being an orphan.

Almost all of the characters in the film are absolute scallywags. From the first scene of the movie it is clear that Oliver is so unloved and uncared for. He knows nothing but misery as he is chased and hunted, envied, lied on, lied to, mislead and detested. From the time in the workhouse when he is chosen by lot to beg for more food, ["Please, sir, I want some more"] he is running for his life in hopes of achieving safety and compassion. If it were not for the kindness of a rich man and his housekeeper he would have no reason to have faith in humankind. Ultimately he triumphs after having been beat down so much, yet the triumph he experiences (though mildly anti-climactic) is worth enduring his perilous travails as an orphan.

Barney Clark should have been nominated for and should have won an Academy award for his work here, as well as Roman Polanski for his directing, Ben Kingsley for his portrayal of Mr. Fagin, and the motion picture itself. I am thoroughly impressed with what I've seen here, and no other adaptation will ever come close.
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on November 6, 2011
As a Dickens maniac and something of an Oliver Twist buff, I was a bit dubious about yet another screen adaption.
As it happens, I was absolutely delighted by this movie! Although necessarily condensed, it truly captures the emotional power of the story in a captivating and haunting way. The acting and casting were truly superb- many of the characters are portrayed as vividly as I could ever picture them while reading the book. A definite salute to Ben Kingsley as a fascinatingly creepy-crawly Fagin and Barney Clark as a very sypathetic and innocent yet resilient Oliver. I also loved seeing Edward Hardwicke in a role other than Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes.
Gritty, heart-wrenching and really exquisite, this adaption verily immerses you in the wonderful story of Oliver Twist in a manner that stands out from all of the other adaptions I have seen. Fantastic job, I think Dickens would approve very much.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go read the book all over again! :)
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on January 25, 2014
A lover of Charles Dickens and his works will enjoy this newer version of the beloved tale.

---Apparently no expense was spared in the costume and setting departments as attention to the smallest details are most evident throughout this film.
Alone, fine acting along with 'color and grit' of each character draw the viewer as each cast member contributes to the success and unfolding of the story although it be a familiar one.
Roman Polanski deserves highest praise and applaud for his interpretation of this Dickens classic and this ground breaking achievement.
...Completed with a hauntingly beautiful musical score, Oliver Twist (2005) would make a welcome addition to any movie lovers library!

Matthew Moll
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on February 13, 2013
This review is not so much a rating for the movie, but the quality of the disc. I bought the DVD about 6 months ago and never had time to watch it. Until a few days ago. After 1h 41m the movie got stuck! Took it out of the player, carefully examined the DVD surface... not the slightest scratch or dust particle to be seen. Put it back in, jump to the scene and... stuck again. I have another player... guess what, it gets stuck already at the annoying SONY Pictures opening logo. Tried the disc in two different PCs, same problem: SONY Pictures logo and then... nothing. Ultimately tried to make a copy using DVDFab, a wonderful program that usually helps out, but nope: error reading disc. Of course it is too late now to send it back. I did like the movie though, so I'll spend another 10 bucks for a new copy. Hopefully I can then return here to add some more stars.

OK, I re-ordered the DVD and this one is working all the way. So let's just say it is like buying wine. Sometimes you are unlucky to have a bad bottle. The movie is great. Very well acting and the atmosphere of the age is well represented. It was worth wile to have bought the second copy and moving up to 5 stars.
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on July 14, 2006
Dickens and Polanski seemed like a promising, if unlikely, pairing. And as if to realise that promise, the film has a darker atmosphere than previous adaptions of Oliver Twist, and some truly wonderful perfomances, Kingsley's chief among them. Why, then, does it feel so unsatisfying? Perhaps too many of Dickens' trademark digressions are missing; also, Barney Clark - while clearly talented - didn't seem right for Oliver. For my money, Dickens is always better read than in any cinema or TV adaptation.
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on April 7, 2017
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on December 31, 2014
This is not a musical. I love the 1960 version much better. The characters are so much better
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on April 16, 2015
Enjoyed it, but I prefer the musical version.
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on April 5, 2013

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on June 20, 2013
It was much more emotional for my grandchildren than they had anticipated. To think that this happens in real life
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