The Thief of Bagdad Reviews

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Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 6, 2014
Deliriously hokey and captivating.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 6, 2014
Technology may have changed drastically in the nearly 90 years since this movie was produced, but some things never go out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
December 6, 2014
It is an entrancing picture, wholesome and beautiful, deliberate but compelling, a feat of motion picture art which has never been equaled and one which itself will enthrall persons time and again.
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
December 5, 2014
Whether committing petty crimes or proving his worth against a series of terrifying beasts... Fairbanks oozes preposterous, child-like charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
November 19, 2013
A grinning, bare-chested Douglas Fairbanks shimmies up a rope and enters a room in the palace, intending to steal a casket of baubles. Instead, his eyes fall on Princess Julanne Johnston... Of such things movie myths are made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Meredith Slifkin
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
The film's 149-minute running time might test the patience of even the most devout silent film fan, but the decadent costumes, elaborate sets, and Fairbanks's copious talents provide more than enough baroque pleasure to pass the time.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 27, 2013
Propelled by the actor's acrobatic stunts and groundbreaking special effects, Thief of Bagdad is pure pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 24, 2013
... one of the grandest and most glorious spectacles of the silent era.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 1, 2013
A victory of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2011
Douglas Fairbanks is magnetic in this fun early adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 17, 2009
Visually spectacular mix of adventure movie and fantasy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 12, 2009
A visual extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 20, 2008
The immense space -- both vertical and horizontal -- in this film finally seemed enough to contain Fairbanks' sheer gusto.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 9, 2007
The film has a joyful sort of grandeur that's basically dead in the modern cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2007
Walsh's dynamism is evident in every frame of this deftly Americanized fantasy, beautifully designed by William Cameron Menzies.
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Geoff Brown
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Korda's version of 1940 has the quirks and the luscious colour, but this one has the electric energy.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 27, 2004
Unprecedented special effects and sets… perhaps the first great achievement of cinematic epic mythopoeia, and the forerunner to the likes of The Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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