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The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020)

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Critic Consensus: The Personal History of David Copperfield puts a fresh, funny, and utterly charming spin on Dickens' classic, proving some stories truly are timeless.

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From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.

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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.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

A sincere affection for and understanding of the source material shines through in its wit and good nature.

August 28, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...filled with clever if obvious commentary on institutionalized class snobbery.

August 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

August 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

August 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

August 28, 2020 | Full Review…

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