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½ November 9, 2015
The Sheik is solidly acted by Rudolph Valentino, it has some romantic scenes, it looks fine and is an interesting and even charming movie, but it is too typical in its storyline and too predictable to be enjoyed more. It is also never as sophisticated as it should have been, Agnes Ayres is bad in her role and it is overall a solid, but far from a great film.
Super Reviewer
August 14, 2015
Dark and swarthy, Valentino (the reputation larger than my experience with his films), playing an Arab, stands over a lily white British woman that he's kidnapped, leering at her quite literally like a maniac. "What do you want," she asks, obviously terrified. "Aren't you woman enough to know," he gloats. And there's the great and mighty reputation in a nutshell. An dark Italian, playing an dark Arab, threatening to rape a white Brit lady. Racist and sexist in equal amounts. He doesn't. Not in the film (he does in the book). He waits until she wants it, but he won't let her go until she does. I was only saddened. No wonder Valentino himself hated the cliché stereotype that made his fortune, imprinted him on the cultural consciousness as the first real movie male sex god. They rioted when he died. Sad. Oh, and the film? Eh.
August 3, 2015
Even the Alloy Orchestra can't save this film from being a historical footnote.
½ April 13, 2015
Whether you're a wrestling fan or not watch this.......
November 11, 2014
As a man of mystery Valentino fits the bill, as a film it is an odd mix of racism and cliche.
November 10, 2014
star making turn for valentino
½ October 15, 2014
While it may have some historical importance, the shiek does not hold much ground when compared to many of its contemporaries, and does not really merit a watching.
July 16, 2014
An essential period piece for film buffs--Nostalgia that never dies... Still racy, escapist fun!!
December 26, 2013
The romantic adventures of Sheik Ahmed, who is bewitched by a British aristocrat and hopes to make her his concubine by keeping her locked away. The rhythm is a little outdated, but the setting and the charm of silent romantic epics doesn't come much better than this film, with its splendid desert photography and novel like structure. This film also stars the legendary Rudolph Valentino in one of his most memorable roles and best performances.
Super Reviewer
½ July 23, 2013
Agnes Ayres as Diana Mayo was introduced as an adventurous Englishwoman, but in reality she spends most of the time cowering in cliched leading lady fashion. She thinks Rudolph Valentino's Sheik Ahmed is a savage as well as the whole Middle Eastern culture, and she is terrified of hoards of Arabians on horses. Not really up for trying new things. Ahmed may be handsome and have a Paris education (with a French butler and best friend who is a French novelist), but the fact remains that he does kidnap Diana, hold her against her will, and almost rapes her. St. Hubert (Menjou), the novelist, helps to awake Ahmed's conscience. A bandit is introduced who equally wants to take the Englishwoman as property, but who is presented as more brutal and therefore the worse of the two options. Through a bit of romantic fantasy and psychological delusion, Diana begins to fall in love with her captor. Despite the lavish sand dunes, set decorations, and costumes, it really is a racist kind of story with a romance that shouldn't happen. In the end, we find out The Sheik's surprise background and this is supposed to ease further objections. Sorry.
January 24, 2013
I would rate this lower due to the fact that this film does NOT stand the test of time but it was actually quite funny to watch due to the actors being major hams
½ March 12, 2012
interesting, but not very compelling - a victim of its own age, if you will
January 29, 2012
I though the movie was good .
December 24, 2011
Cheesy and racist. That Valentino's maniacal leers and bug-eyed expressions were seen as the last word in sexiness suggests that 1921 American men were a pathetic bunch and that the women were sozzled on bathtub gin.
December 8, 2011
This is a true classic because of Rudolph Valentino. It's a love story set in a desert. What's there not to love?
½ July 30, 2011
The world's first bonafide movie star's most famous role. Valentino plays a sheik in the middle east who falls in love with a white woman living a life of adventure. She gets mixed up with some baddies, fights ensue, she learns it is ok to be with him because he has white lineage! The usual exaggerated acting for the time, and poorly dated causing the film to drag. Not one of the great silents to be sure, but worth seeing as the big vehicle for Velentino.
May 12, 2011
I though the movie was good .
½ April 3, 2011
*** (out of four)

A very important film in silent screen history and a star making moment for Rudolph Valentino. This performance unleashed a fury of frantic female fans.

A woman has been warned not to venture into the vast desert alone, but she does anyway. While traveling she is kidnaped by a smoldering sheik and taken as his personal prisoner.

Though the film is quite good, I actually think the sequel "Son of the Sheik" is bit better.
½ February 11, 2011
This movie was pretty awful. I fell asleep and missed an almost rape but the woman had Stockholm syndrome so it all works out in the end.

Valentino - what a fem!

Yeah... this was just lame... and racist. He isn't Arabic! He's Anglo-Saxon! Now everything's perfect!
January 30, 2011
I love this movie! So fun, daring, provocative! Well made, well acted and Valentino really does smolder well on screen! Just a great movie and a true silent classic!
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