Karen Valby
July 25, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nicholas Nickleby

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
1 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/27/02
performer
Jamie Bell, Charlie Hunnam, Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent, Alan Cumming, Anne Hathaway, Nathan Lane, Miranda Richardson
director
Douglas McGrath
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Douglas McGrath
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Hunnam, scrubbed and blond and bland, plays the title role in Douglas McGrath’s adaptation of the Dickens masterpiece. Young Nickleby, buoyed by a misfit bunch of fiercely loyal friends, is a fatherless 19-year-old battling a cruel world. And wouldn’t you know it — his foes are more interesting than our band of heroes. Plummer is fun as a toxic benefactor, but Juliet Stevenson, who plays a beast of a schoolmarm, gives an otherwise mild-mannered movie some real bite. EXTRAS Superfluous. In conversations with the cast and crew, we learn this actor is delightful, that actress has quite a future, and Dickens wrote like a dream.

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