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Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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July 9, 2017
The second half isn't quite as compelling as the first, but to paraphrase a comment I once heard regarding another film: The first half is pure perfection, and then it devolves into one of the best movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2016
Lean and photographer Fred A. Young have combined their artistic talents in an evocation of the Arabian desert that makes it both terrifying and deeply moving in its lonely grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 16, 2016
It has an epic hero whom it doesn't hero-worship...[O'Toole] brings flawlessly to life the film's vision of a flawed warrior who is corrupted by pride, soured by empty victories and betrayed finally by the jubilant jump of his heart every time he kills.
August 12, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] Celebrated British director David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" is a textbook example of "epic" cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 26, 2014
This is movie-making on the grandest scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2014
Despite the film's technical wizardry, the seven Academy Awards and the expansive budget, this time-honored epic is ultimately a testament to something elemental: the ability to make an audience gasp as a story is told.
February 26, 2014
If epics are your thing, they don't come much grander.
February 26, 2014
Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place.
March 26, 2013
How did David Lean and star Peter O'Toole achieve such perfection? If we could define and distil it, we wouldn't need a special category for those flicks we call 'classics.' Lawrence of Arabia is that, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2013
This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2013
To appreciate the film fully, Lawrence must be seen in a cinema, in 70mm on the widescreen and in stereophonic sound, and the present theatrical revival is not to be missed.
February 24, 2013
This seven-Oscar wonder remains exhilarating thanks to Freddie Young's majestic desert lensing, Maurice Jarre's gorgeous score and Peter O'Toole's career-defining portrayal of the feted but flawed protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 22, 2012
There are no superlatives which can adequately describe the sheer unadulterated joy of watching David Lean's 1962 classic on the silver screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 22, 2012
Deathless, and looking as good as new.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2012
You'll need to dedicate half a day to it - but this deserves to be seen again on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2012
It may be legend, and it may be romanticized, but "Lawrence of Arabia" feels authentic. It's as stirring an epic as Hollywood has ever produced-one reason why the American Film Institute has named it the Number 1 epic of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 26, 2012
O'Toole, all piercing blue eyes and steadfast idealism, buzzes with charisma in the role of a lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 4, 2012
Does it really matter that the sun that rises in the film is a 'real' sun as opposed to a CGI sun?
August 17, 2011
...an overlong yet watchable epic...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 2, 2011
Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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