The Personal History of David Copperfield

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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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  • Fisayo Akinade
  • Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Albie Atkinson
  • Aneurin Barnard
  • Tuwaine Barrett
  • Nigel Betts
  • Peter Capaldi
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Dev Patel
  • Tilda Swinton

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Wittingly amazing. A great Gal Pal Night movie.

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Despite some funny moments and an inspiring message, David Copperfield doesn't leave enough of an impression to make its strengths memorable.

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100
Sep 10, 2019

The lynchpin of the whole enterprise is a terrific star turn from Dev Patel, who has never been better. The energy and physicality of his performance is a constant delight; a tangle of arms and legs, he plays the knockabout farce with the timing and agility of a Chaplin.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
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Sep 10, 2019

Armando Iannucci's The Personal History of David Copperfield turns the author's well-loved autobiographical epic into a fast-moving yarn, sometimes hilarious and always entertaining.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
75
Sep 10, 2019

Iannucci has fun with the classic serial-turned-novel and throws in a bit of defiant color-blind casting for kicks, but it takes some getting used to a gentler, less biting Iannucci.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond
TheWrap