Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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TIME Magazine
February 20, 2009
It is O'Toole who continually dominates the screen, and he dominates it with professional skill, Irish charm and smashing good looks.
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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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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
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 29, 2004
Approach it from whatever angle you like, performances, script, cinematography, score; David Lean's sweeping biography of T.E. Lawrence is unarguably magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2004
Even the flies in the opening Cairo scene jump out at you.
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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.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
November 1, 2002
An epic achievement in filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 26, 2002
A cracking good adventure yarn, as well as a disturbing psychological profile of a man destined to become a great leader but an even greater dupe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 19, 2002
It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lawrence is too emotionally overpowering for critical reservations.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The only thing that really dates it is the awful makeup, orangey pancake for Lawrence, a gray-green nose for Quinn and cordovan shoe polish for Guinness.
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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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Gary Kamiya
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
This is that rare film whose weaknesses are not only swallowed up by its vast, disturbing ambition, but somehow become part of its strengths.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
Lawrence luxuriates in the tremendous.