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Doctor Zhivago Reviews

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Richard Roud
April 29, 2016
One of those rare film adaptations which, unless you have already read the book, makes you wonder why anyone ever bothered to make the film at all.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
December 1, 2015
Maurice Jarre's music is as beguiling as ever and Lean squeezes all the pathos that he can out of the romance between Sharif's Yuri Zhivago and Julie Christie's febrile and gorgeous Lara Antipova.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
December 1, 2015
The best one can say of Doctor Zhivago is that it is an honest failure.
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
December 1, 2015
Epic seems too small a word for the sweeping ambition and romance of Doctor Zhivago.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 27, 2015
This adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel has all the sweep and stateliness that characterised David Lean's mastery of the epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 26, 2015
Lean and Bolt pay tribute to a Tolstoyan ambition in Pasternak's samizdat novel, and also to a real contemporary relevance: the story of a suppressed writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 26, 2015
Demands everything from the viewer while offering little in return, with Lean coming across like a despised schoolmaster not wanting to open himself up to his braying students.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 24, 2015
Yes it's old-fashioned and sappy. But it's impossible not to swoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
November 23, 2015
Whatever its flaws, films made with this much chutzpah last forever. Doctor Zhivago wears its daunting runtime like the lightest of shawls and, even after all these years, it's still worth surrendering your heart to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
August 3, 2015 apocalypse movie in the guise of a romantic period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010
Epic drama combines romance, politics, mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 13, 2010
it is to be respected for the massive success and artistry of the decade in which it was made
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery
April 29, 2010
A triumph of great entertainment. Whether it is great filmmaking is a matter of taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 26, 2010
...a passionate movie about passionate people in passionate times.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 29, 2009
[Lean] seems out of his element.
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TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic.

March 4, 2008
Laborious, but beautifully crafted 193 minute opus from the master of epic cinema, David Lean.
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2007
Combining skill and kitsch in equal measure, David Lean's overbloated epic (a disappointing follow-up to Lawrence of Arabia) offers guilty pleasure so long as you don't expect a faithful adaptation of Joe Pasternak's novel about the Russian Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 13, 2007
David Lean's 1965 adaptation of Pasternak's romance of the Russian Revolution is intelligent and handsomely mounted, though it doesn't use its length to build to a particularly complex emotional effect.

TV Guide
August 13, 2007
As always, Lean's handling of the purely physical aspects of the material is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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