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Lawrence of Arabia Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
June 5, 2002
A film in which grandeur of conception is not up to grandeur of setting.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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.
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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
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
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
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?
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
We remember the quiet, empty passages, the sun rising across the desert, the intricate lines traced by the wind in the sand.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
March 28, 2002
Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do -- and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
March 7, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
February 26, 2014
This is movie-making on the grandest scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Szymanski
January 25, 2003
The sweeping sands and landscapes in this film are breathtaking and that's what puts David Lean as one of the great epic filmmakers of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Stirring historical biography is epic, intimate and awe-inspiring.
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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: +4 out of -4..+4
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2006
[It] remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 17, 2004
It's a truly magnificent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
February 19, 2008
It was a big bold project and has turned out a big bold film.
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