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The Thief of Bagdad Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
February 16, 2016
In this most lavish production the carefully planned colour scheme and the skillful use of the camera make the film one of the most satisfactory colour films yet created.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
November 19, 2013
A wonderfully atmospheric Arabian Nights adventure for children of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 26, 2012
This 1940 movie is one of the great entertainments. It lifts up the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 26, 2012
Alexander Korda's opulent Arabian Nights fantasy suffers from pallid performances and frequently succumbs to kitsch, but it still casts its fragile spell.
Emanuel Levy
July 26, 2012
An enchanting, supremely mounted fable that deservedly won the techical Oscars in 1940, and still is most enjoyable today.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
July 7, 2010
The Thief of Bagdad is a colorful, lavish and eye-appealing spectacle.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 18, 2008
Treating cinema as a giant toy box, Korda resembles a child with an overactive imagination, giddily piling on every exotic and magical conceit the story can handle.
| Original Score: A
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 17, 2008
One of the best ever fantasy films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Don Willmott
September 9, 2008
it's impossible not to notice how much of the imagery we associate with "Arabian nights" -- genies, bottles, magic carpets, evil sultans -- comes directly from this film
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Larsen
July 17, 2008
This lavish enterprise from producer Alexander Korda reveled in the brave new visual world that The Wizard of Oz explored only the year before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
June 28, 2008 a Bollywood take on 1001 Arabian Nights.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2008
Despite some sluggish spots, the result is still dazzling, enough to enchant entirely new generations of dreamy children.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 30, 2008
A fable light on condescension but committed enough to the pleasure principle that the audience is served one giddy act of visual sorcery after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Don Macpherson
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A delightful hocus-pocus of colour, dashing adventure, and special effects.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 16, 2004
Not quite as charming or magical as the original…best are Abu's adventures with Ingram's baleful genie, whose meeting on the beach with Abu is an unforgettable highlight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2003
Sumptuous colorful fantasy. A true classic of the genre.
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
June 12, 2003
A great classic fantasy for the whole family.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Ranks next to Fantasia as the most beguiling and wondrous film of this troubled season.
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record
April 4, 2003
A childhood favorite....
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
February 4, 2003
Perhaps the most splendid fantasy film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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