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Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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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.
October 29, 2008
One of the cinema's grandest spectacles, Lawrence of Arabia is at turns exhilarating, devastating, and puzzling as it ponders the mystery of a man who was a mystery to himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 2, 2008
Spell-binding cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 19, 2008
Sweeping, epic, majestic, awesome, sumptuous, you name the grandiose superlative and you'll be right, with amazing performances and gorgeous visuals, although very, very long.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 19, 2008
It was a big bold project and has turned out a big bold film.
February 19, 2008
It's probably heresy to suggest it's overlong, but if Lean's epic outstays its welcome, there are more than enough magical moments to explain why it enjoys its lofty reputation.
December 13, 2006
[It] remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2006
A gorgeous epic with an outstanding performance from Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 23, 2006
Lean's epic biography of the enigmatic and complex British hero is visually mesmerizing, even if it omits crucial aspects of Lawrence's life, and it boasts a radical, riveting performance from Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
April 6, 2006
The only way to properly see Lean's overstuffed epic is on the big screen, the better to appreciate the glorious desert vistas, Maurice Jarre's soaring score and the glowing performance by then-unknown Peter O'Toole as a messianic T.E. Lawrence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 2, 2004
Elegant and literate.
May 17, 2004
It's a truly magnificent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 4, 2004
Even the flies in the opening Cairo scene jump out at you.
January 18, 2004
For all the stunning shots of windswept dunes and battle sequences featuring a cast of hundreds, this is the study of a man in deep conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 1, 2003
Lawrence of Arabia is a stunning 'classic.'
June 20, 2003
The English-language cinema's exemplary historical drama, gorgeous, complex, passionate, vivid and engrossing a full four decades after its premiere.
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.
March 19, 2003
Both the man and the movie, are treated with a detached reverence that keep them essentially unknowable...as glorious but inscrutable as the dunes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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