Day of the Falcon Reviews

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Top Critic
Andy Webster
New York Times
March 4, 2013
A far, far cry from "Lawrence of Arabia," but it has its diversions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 1, 2013
This ambitious desert epic may be a bit slow and confusing at the beginning, but I found the exciting second half of the movie worth waiting for.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
February 28, 2013
There's an enormous amount of perverse pleasure to be had here for those who get off on the annihilation of nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 5, 2012
Pedestrian storytelling and clunky dialogue leaves this would-be epic drama about a power struggle between feuding kingdoms in soon-to-be-oil-rich 1920s Arabia bogged down in the sand
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 1, 2012
While a plot contrivance late in the day ensures that an opportunity for a climactic battle sequence is not wasted, the film is not really an action epic, but a sweeping story about belief sets in the Arab world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 29, 2012
At 130 minutes, Black Gold does outstay its welcome with too many confused or aborted storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 29, 2012
'Is there a greater curse than to be a poor king?' Nesib asks sadly early on. Yes: letting a potentially great story slide away into mediocrity.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 25, 2012
It's a tepid, timid affair, sexually, dramatically and politically.
February 25, 2012
A contemporary Lawrence of Arabia ... it is not because it's not beating with any passionate heart ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
February 24, 2012
It's all very glossy, yet remains an emotionally arid affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

This is London
February 24, 2012
The real problem is that Black Gold is rather dull, and much too long for comfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 23, 2012
The clumsy script never really delivers epic drama. Great action scenes, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
February 23, 2012
It would be easy to laugh off if it wasn't so clearly a comment on historical reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
February 23, 2012
It might look good but it's an anachronism that totally loses its way in the desert. Given the director's enthusiasm, Black Gold should have sparkled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 23, 2012
Black Gold feels like it could have been made in the 1950s; we have come to expect a little more from our blockbusters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
February 23, 2012
Like a cool oasis, the end credits shimmer tantalisingly on the horizon throughout this punishingly tedious Arabian epic...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 23, 2012
The screen is as wide as the universe, but the further you go in either direction the more you realise you have been there before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Cottey
Little White Lies
February 23, 2012
A distinctly average adventure which has us wishing for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 22, 2012
The direction drags, the performances are uneven and there's a strong sense that the fictionalised story is less interesting than the reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
February 22, 2012
It just goes on and on - the cinematic equivalent of watching sand pouring through an egg timer that takes well over two hours to empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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