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The Thief of Bagdad Reviews

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 19, 2013
Meredith Slifkin
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 14, 2013
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

Propelled by the actor's acrobatic stunts and groundbreaking special effects, Thief of Bagdad is pure pleasure.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 4/5

May 27, 2013
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... one of the grandest and most glorious spectacles of the silent era.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

March 24, 2013
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A victory of style over substance.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Douglas Fairbanks is magnetic in this fun early adventure.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 2, 2011
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually spectacular mix of adventure movie and fantasy.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

July 17, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A visual extravaganza.

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

January 12, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The immense space -- both vertical and horizontal -- in this film finally seemed enough to contain Fairbanks' sheer gusto.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

June 20, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has a joyful sort of grandeur that's basically dead in the modern cinema.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

December 9, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Walsh's dynamism is evident in every frame of this deftly Americanized fantasy, beautifully designed by William Cameron Menzies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 16, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Korda's version of 1940 has the quirks and the luscious colour, but this one has the electric energy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

July 7, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

October 27, 2004
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

| Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2003

Film4

Full of astounding effects way ahead of their time, this first screen version of the famous Arabian Nights fable is wonderfully extravagant.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fairbanks's splendid flourishes infect the whole cast.

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

February 4, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not up to the 1940 version , but a treat

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2002

TIME Magazine
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It is like reading the Arabian Nights at one sitting, with only six minutes allowed to stretch the limbs and get the contrast of a workaday world.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 2, 2011
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