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An expert in ancient hieroglyphics unexpectedly finds himself involved in a web of international intrigue in this chic, enjoyably tongue-in-cheek espionage adventure. Gregory Peck stars as David Pollock, an American professor whose predictable academic routine is overturned when he is hired to help translate a mysterious message written in an obscure ancient text. The real trouble begins, however, when everyone from a wealthy oil magnate to a foreign government to brutal criminals starts to chase Pollock, desperate to discover the nature of the deciphered message. Along for the ride is Yasmin… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cinematic busywork offers sporadic fun, but also suggests the unsteady posture of a show that always seems about to fall flat on its pretty face."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"About 10 minutes after Arabesque gets under way, you'll lose track of its plot completely, and that's as it should be."
‑ Grace Glueck, New York Times
"Dated espionage farce sabotaged by elderly stars and witless jokes"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Slick pseodu-Hitchcock thriller."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Arabesque packs the names of Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren and a foreign intrigue theme, but doesn't always progress on a true entertainment course."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a slick and satisfying entertainment."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"If you don't mind that the plot not only doesn't matter but doesn't make much sense, you will be rewarded with a very entertaining film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stylish thriller."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Much flashier than Donen's earlier Charade (also scripted by Peter Stone, alias Pierre Marton) and very sub-Hitchcock."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"It's all mindless, absurdly complex and hopelessly hip in that 1960s sort of way, but an agreeable way to pass the time with gorgeous Sophia."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"upscale Bondian thriller without the silly special effects"
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
"A convoluted and often ridiculous, if also enjoyable, thriller."
‑ , Film4
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