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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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[A] mad, loving, and brilliantly cinematic extrapolation of the novel...

February 5, 2021 | Full Review…

It is Dev Patel who carries this ensemble with great flair, looking every inch the boy who has fallen upon hard times and longs to be recognised as the gentleman he is.

December 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An exuberantly optimistic film celebrating the life force of art and eccentricity. Who couldn't use a little of that right now.

October 30, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

As for Patel, he makes a wonderful Copperfield -- sturdy, kind, charismatic, and filled with a childlike curiosity and wonder even into adulthood (and, of course, great hair).

September 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Iannucci] is clearly at home with sprawling casts of characters and comfortable allowing them to chew the scenery when the mood comes over them.

September 3, 2020 | Full Review…

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