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The Thief of Bagdad Reviews

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

A wonderfully atmospheric Arabian Nights adventure for children of all ages.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

November 19, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This 1940 movie is one of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2012
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Alexander Korda's opulent Arabian Nights fantasy suffers from pallid performances and frequently succumbs to kitsch, but it still casts its fragile spell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 26, 2012
Emanuel Levy

An enchanting, supremely mounted fable that deservedly won the techical Oscars in 1940, and still is most enjoyable today.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

July 26, 2012
Variety Staff
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The Thief of Bagdad is a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2010
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Treating cinema as a giant toy box, Korda resembles a child with an overactive imagination, giddily piling on every exotic and magical conceit the story can handle.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

October 18, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the best ever fantasy films.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

October 17, 2008
Don Willmott

it's impossible not to notice how much of the imagery we associate with "Arabian nights" -- genies, bottles, magic carpets, evil sultans -- comes directly from this film

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 9, 2008
Josh Larsen

This lavish enterprise from producer Alexander Korda reveled in the brave new visual world that The Wizard of Oz explored only the year before.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 17, 2008
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters a Bollywood take on 1001 Arabian Nights.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

June 28, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Despite some sluggish spots, the result is still dazzling, enough to enchant entirely new generations of dreamy children.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 6, 2008
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A fable light on condescension but committed enough to the pleasure principle that the audience is served one giddy act of visual sorcery after another.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

May 30, 2008

Time Out
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A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Not quite as charming or magical as the original…best are Abu's adventures with Ingram's baleful genie, whose meeting on the beach with Abu is an unforgettable highlight.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B

October 16, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sumptuous colorful fantasy. A true classic of the genre.

| Original Score: 5/5

November 20, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

A great classic fantasy for the whole family.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 12, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 20, 2003
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record

A childhood favorite....

| Original Score: 5/5

April 4, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Perhaps the most splendid fantasy film ever made.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

February 4, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis of the most inspiring fantasies of all time.

| Original Score: 8/10

November 14, 2002
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