Doctor Zhivago
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Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine within the film's 197 minutes (plus intermission). Zhivago is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), but carries on an affair with Lara (Julie Christie), who has been raped by ruthless politician Komarovsky (Rod Steiger). Meanwhile, Zhivago's half-brother Yevgraf (Alec Guinness) and the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Steiger and Courtenay excepted, all the performances are very uncomfortable."
‑ , Time Out
"Epic drama combines romance, politics, mature themes."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"...a passionate movie about passionate people in passionate times."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Combining skill and kitsch in equal measure, David Lean's overbloated epic (a disappointing follow-up to Lawrence of Arabia) offers guilty pleasure so long as you don't expect a faithful adaptation of Joe Pasternak's novel about the Russian Revolution."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"David Lean's 1965 adaptation of Pasternak's romance of the Russian Revolution is intelligent and handsomely mounted, though it doesn't use its length to build to a particularly complex emotional effect."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Bolt has reduced the vast upheaval of the Russian Revolution to the banalities of a doomed romance."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"it is to be respected for the massive success and artistry of the decade in which it was made"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"[Lean] seems out of his element."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"As always, Lean's handling of the purely physical aspects of the material is spectacular."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the most meticulously designed and executed films."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"Although its portentous historical drama evaporates once you return to the fresh air, watching it can be seductive."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A triumph of great entertainment. Whether it is great filmmaking is a matter of taste."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Laborious, but beautifully crafted 193 minute opus from the master of epic cinema, David Lean."
‑ , Film4
"Beautiful cinematography...and set design...together with excellent performances combine to form Zhivago's timeless appeal"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
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