Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It reduces a legendary figure to conventional movie-hero size amidst magnificent and exotic scenery but a conventional lot of action-film clichés.
William Parker
Total Film
February 24, 2013
This seven-Oscar wonder remains exhilarating thanks to Freddie Young's majestic desert lensing, Maurice Jarre's gorgeous score and Peter O'Toole's career-defining portrayal of the feted but flawed protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 26, 2014
Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
March 26, 2013
How did David Lean and star Peter O'Toole achieve such perfection? If we could define and distil it, we wouldn't need a special category for those flicks we call 'classics.' Lawrence of Arabia is that, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 4, 2012
Does it really matter that the sun that rises in the film is a 'real' sun as opposed to a CGI sun?
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
We remember the quiet, empty passages, the sun rising across the desert, the intricate lines traced by the wind in the sand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 28, 2002
Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do -- and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 26, 2014
This is movie-making on the grandest scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
January 25, 2003
The sweeping sands and landscapes in this film are breathtaking and that's what puts David Lean as one of the great epic filmmakers of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Stirring historical biography is epic, intimate and awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
The performances, the script, the directing, the cinematography, the musical score is all memorable and hasn't aged much, though at 3.5 hours there are some times (especially in the last hour) that the story begins to drag.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
A very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: +4 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
[It] remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004
It's a truly magnificent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 19, 2008
It was a big bold project and has turned out a big bold film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The passage of time has only proved how difficult it is to run ideas, history, characterisation and landscape in harness on this sort of scale.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 19, 2003
Both the man and the movie, are treated with a detached reverence that keep them essentially unknowable...as glorious but inscrutable as the dunes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 30, 2002
A movie with scope, tremendous clarity of vision and purpose; simply put, it is a film for the ages, an epic in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: A
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
This is a film for the ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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