The Personal History of David Copperfield

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Josephine LivingstoneThe New Republic
    The new film adaptation, co-written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, takes that human energy as its lifting-off point, and is simply too faithful, rich, and bright to be dimmed by the circumstances of its release.
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    Mary SollosiEntertainment Weekly
    A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    ...filled with clever if obvious commentary on institutionalized class snobbery.
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    Peter TraversRolling Stone
    Crafting a don't-miss movie out of Charles Dickens' 1850 doorstop of a novel, Amando Inannicci and a sublime cast, led by a never-better Dev Patel, add a blast of mad, modern irreverence that is totally irresistible.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    I wanted to embrace this one for its bright spirit... Truth be told, though, the film, which Mr. Iannucci directed from a screenplay he wrote with Simon Blackwell, is blissed out on its own cleverness and ultimately exhausting.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Nimble, appealing and attuned to the nuances of Dickens' spirit, Patel is a good Copperfield for today, a bright young man who's able to overcome adversity and go far.
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    Alicja JohnsonMediaversity Reviews
    "Colorblind" casting makes the film decidedly more diverse but presents an artificial solution to a deeply-entrenched problem in media.
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    Lisa JensenGood Times Santa Cruz
    Dickens' classic coming-of-age tale gets an energizing makeover that is absolutely true to this spirit of the novel.
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    Rubén RosarioMiamiArtZine
    Turning his story into a Gilliamesque oddity might have looked good on paper, but in aiming for awkward reinvention, this literary adaptation topples under the weight of its lead-footed whimsy.
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    Fiona UnderhillFilmotomy
    Inventive, playful, witty and light and it's a joy to watch this cast have so much fun around a winning central performance from Dev Patel.
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