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Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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Top Critic
Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
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.
Cole Smithey
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
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 26, 2014
This is movie-making on the grandest scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

People Magazine
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.
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 26, 2014
If epics are your thing, they don't come much grander.
Matthew Thrift
Little White Lies
February 26, 2014
Of all miracles readily apparent on screen, perhaps the greatest is that the film even got made in the first place.
Simon Miraudo
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
Peter Bradshaw
February 24, 2013
This is a movie with the excitement of a cavalry charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
William Parker
Total Film
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 22, 2012
Deathless, and looking as good as new.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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?
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 17, 2011 overlong yet watchable epic...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
The performances, the script, the directing, the cinematography, the musical score is all memorable and hasn't aged much, though at 3.5 hours there are some times (especially in the last hour) that the story begins to drag.
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