Oliver! 1968

Critics score:
81 / 100

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Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: In retrospect, it seems emblematic of the triviality Reed descended to in the last years of his career. The Third Man it's not. Read more

Wanda Hale, New York Daily News: Oliver! is a timeless classic that will be as lovable in 10 or 20 years as it is today. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: The focus of the movie is so wide, and the logistics of the production so heavy, that Oliver himself, dutifully played by 9-year-old Mark Lester, gets flattened out and almost lost, as if he had been run over by a studio bulldozer. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A treasure of a movie. Read more

TIME Magazine: After a season of watching inane twitching in the name of dance, the viewer is most happily greeted by Onna White's choreography, an exuberant step-by-step exploration of Victorian zeal. Read more

W. Stephen Gilbert, Time Out: Reed is craftsman enough to make an efficient family entertainment out of Lionel Bart's musical, but not artist enough to put back any of Dickens' teeth which Bart had so assiduously drawn. Read more

Rich Gold, Variety: There's plenty of mileage left in the famous story. Read more