The Thief of Bagdad Reviews

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March 27, 2020
If you can separate the lazy stereotypes and cliches peddled by this "Arabian Nights fantasy" from your appreciation of the inspired movie-making in front of you, you'll enjoy The Thief of Bagdad for what it is: Hollywood spectacle at its most lavish.
December 17, 2019
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) is Raoul Walsh's timeless and expensive silent costume fantasy. It was a lavish and bold Arabian Nights swashbuckler-adventure film - and an epic, spectacular accomplishment in production design and revolutionary...
June 24, 2015
One marvel after another
December 6, 2014
Technology may have changed drastically in the nearly 90 years since this movie was produced, but some things never go out of style.
December 6, 2014
It is an entrancing picture, wholesome and beautiful, deliberate but compelling, a feat of motion picture art which has never been equaled and one which itself will enthrall persons time and again.
December 5, 2014
Whether committing petty crimes or proving his worth against a series of terrifying beasts... Fairbanks oozes preposterous, child-like charisma.
November 19, 2013
A grinning, bare-chested Douglas Fairbanks shimmies up a rope and enters a room in the palace, intending to steal a casket of baubles. Instead, his eyes fall on Princess Julanne Johnston... Of such things movie myths are made.
June 14, 2013
The film's 149-minute running time might test the patience of even the most devout silent film fan, but the decadent costumes, elaborate sets, and Fairbanks's copious talents provide more than enough baroque pleasure to pass the time.
May 27, 2013
Propelled by the actor's acrobatic stunts and groundbreaking special effects, Thief of Bagdad is pure pleasure.
March 24, 2013
... one of the grandest and most glorious spectacles of the silent era.
March 1, 2013
A victory of style over substance.
February 2, 2011
Douglas Fairbanks is magnetic in this fun early adventure.
July 6, 2010
[Anna May Wong] has no trouble stealing every scene she's in, and there's plenty of visual trickery here, sometimes including real apes, elephants, and tigers, to capture the imagination of even the most CGI-jaded viewers.
July 17, 2009
Visually spectacular mix of adventure movie and fantasy.
January 12, 2009
A visual extravaganza.
June 20, 2008
The immense space -- both vertical and horizontal -- in this film finally seemed enough to contain Fairbanks' sheer gusto.
December 9, 2007
The film has a joyful sort of grandeur that's basically dead in the modern cinema.
October 16, 2007
Walsh's dynamism is evident in every frame of this deftly Americanized fantasy, beautifully designed by William Cameron Menzies.
June 24, 2006
Korda's version of 1940 has the quirks and the luscious colour, but this one has the electric energy.
July 7, 2005
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