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Doctor Zhivago Reviews

December 22, 2016
Despite the grim and brooding background, Zhivago has a surging buoyant spirit that is unquenchable. Doctor Zhivago is more than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience.
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.
December 1, 2015
Epic seems too small a word for the sweeping ambition and romance of Doctor Zhivago.
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
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
November 24, 2015
Yes it's old-fashioned and sappy. But it's impossible not to swoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
August 24, 2008
Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic.
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.
August 13, 2007
One of the most meticulously designed and executed films.
January 26, 2006
Steiger and Courtenay excepted, all the performances are very uncomfortable.
July 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Bolt has reduced the vast upheaval of the Russian Revolution to the banalities of a doomed romance.
April 17, 2001
Lean's last great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Although its portentous historical drama evaporates once you return to the fresh air, watching it can be seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4