The Personal History of David Copperfield

119 mins
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Veep creator Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) directs Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) as the titular character in this feature... More

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The Personal History of David Copperfield | Ratings & Reviews

"Featuring split-screen sections à la Brian De Palma, and sped-up bits à la Benny Hill, it all passes in too much of a blur for the drama or any of Dickens’ politic points to properly land. But then it was originally published as a serial over 12 months so what can you expect? Perhaps it’s best thought of as a lush literary panto, made with wit and affection."


"This Copperfield glows and hums like a thing well made. If it sounds like something you want to see, I reckon you'll enjoy it just as much as I did."


"I would completely understand if the chaotic helter-skelter feel might not be for everyone, especially those expecting a far more traditional tale. But this Copperfield is just so much fun and has the capacity to win Dickens even more fans."


"A fleet-footed and boisterously enjoyable Dickens adaptation that breathes new life into a well-worn story. A winning Dev Patel leads a highly amusing cast."

Total FilmTotal Film

"On brightly lit lawns captured by cockeyed Terry Gilliam-esque camera angles, the film comes to fizzy, jaunty life - nearly all of Iannucci's aggression has been squeezed into storyboarding."

Time OutTime Out

"A treat for Dickens fans, The Personal History Of David Copperfield is so alive and immediate that it should also connect with an audience who would never dream of tackling a weighty 19th century tome."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"It's the sort of movie that gives nearly every character a thoughtful closeup before, somewhat fantastically, bringing most of them back together at the end for a tender sendoff."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"It's a story that remains as witty and resilient as its main character and its charms, like David's, remain impossible to resist."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Like some kind of long-lost Monty Python sketch, Iannucci's revisionist "David Copperfield" alternates between intellect and absurdity, blending high- and lowbrow elements."


"A fast-moving yarn, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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