Oliver Twist the modern filmed version of Charles Dickens bestseller, a Roman Polanski adaptation. The classic Dickens tale, where an orphan meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.
Ann Hornaday It's noble, high-minded and safe, and I can't help thinking that I would have preferred an audacious but honest failure.
Anthony Lane Dickens knew that melodrama answers to something permanent in our nature; without it, any version of Oliver Twist draws perilously close to the genteel.
Richard Roeper The first question I have is, why? Why would Roman Polanski, one of the most innovative directors of the last half-century, want to adapt a story that has been told again and again?
Stephanie Zacharek This is that rare movie version of a great novel in which watching is reading.
Ella Taylor Lacking energy and pace and enslaved by a ghastly score, this tepid movie left me longing alternately for David Lean's thrillingly grim 1948 masterpiece, and Carol Reed's chipper 1968 sing-along, with pretty tunes by Lionel Bart.
Jessica Winter The quality of mercy is strained, but by some strange feat it doesn't dissolve entirely.
Todd McCarthy Conventional, straightforward and very much within what used to be called the Traditional of Quality, this handsome film is a respectable literary adaptation but lacks dramatic urgency and intriguing undercurrents.
Kirk Honeycutt The spark that an original point of view might bring to the oft-told tale is missing.