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Great Expectations

Overview


Genre :

Drama, Romance

Release Date :

November 08, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Mike Newell

Starring :

Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins, Ewen Bremner, David Walliams, Jessie Cave

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

“..the pleasures of this adaptation are ultimately little more than a meager imitation of the riches Dickens achieved on the page..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
2 of 5

“..Newell and writer David Nicholls only pull their punches in a restyled ending that's just as foggy as the scenery..”
by Stella Papamichael [Digital Spy]
3 of 5

“..it's handsome, involving and stars the cream of British acting talent - but so did Lean's unbeatable version, and Newell and Nicholls' safe, schoolteacher-friendly interpretation makes no real case for going down this much-travelled road once more..”
by Guy Lodge [Empire Magazine]
3 of 5

“..is never less than watchable, but the pacing frequently drags and it lacks the emotional impact of the recent BBC TV version..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
Reviewed by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]

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LEGEND :

“..while he arguably fails to rein in his leading man (or half of him), screenwriter-turned-director Helgeland has a light touch, leavening the ultra-violence - and there are gory scenes - with a flair for absurdity..”
by Helen O'Hara [Daily Telegraph]

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED :

“..this film is so stupid it may burst your appendix..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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“..Evans and Eve are always charming, but Brooke's real-world problems ring false in a story held together by chintzy fatalism and the logic of a first draft..”
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“..Jay Karas doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel as he puts this odd couple through the paces of getting in shape and reconciling old wounds, but he's helped by some laugh-out-loud quirk in Gene Hong's screenplay, nice comic chemistry between the two leads..”
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BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS :

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CONTRACTED: PHASE II :

“..has contracted many of the same problems with the first film - it's plagued with pacing and character issues - but still has enough gags for the home video audience..”
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EVEREST :

“..in narrative terms it's messy - as true stories tend to be. The dramatic focus is split between around half a dozen characters based on real people and it's not clear who we should root for..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]

BEASTS OF NO NATION :

“..artful, accomplished but not entirely sustained adaptation..”
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