Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be the best of David Lean's epics, but Dr. Zhivago is still brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic.

TIME Magazine

Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic.

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Time Out

Steiger and Courtenay excepted, all the performances are very uncomfortable.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm apocalypse movie in the guise of a romantic period piece.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Bolt has reduced the vast upheaval of the Russian Revolution to the banalities of a doomed romance.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Epic drama combines romance, politics, mature themes.

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A.D. Murphy

One of the most meticulously designed and executed films.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although its portentous historical drama evaporates once you return to the fresh air, watching it can be seductive.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

it is to be respected for the massive success and artistry of the decade in which it was made

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Epic films were a standout aspect of 1960's cinema. Filmmakers took bold risks in telling a great story with their films; hence the decade had some truly… More
Chris Weber
Of the David Lean films that I've seen and liked, this is the one I enjoyed the least. It probably has to do with the fact that it's been years… More
Spencer S.
This very large scale production created a frenzy for romantic period dramas, and was the second epic directed by David Lean. Lean directed very large films,… More
Jim Hunter
Against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, a poet/doctor struggles to "just live" with his wife and mistress. It's probably cliche… More
Kevin M. Williams
In hindsight Pasternak's story seems like an overlong explanation to his children as to why he cheated on dear old devoted mom once he's been caught… More
Carlos Magalhães
A 200-minute-long epic set during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. The first three hours are involving and excellent, presenting some fascinating characters… More