Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The epic of all epics, Lawrence of Arabia cements director David Lean's status in the filmmaking pantheon with nearly four hours of grand scope, brilliant performances, and beautiful cinematography.

TIME Magazine

It is O'Toole who continually dominates the screen, and he dominates it with professional skill, Irish charm and smashing good looks.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The passage of time has only proved how difficult it is to run ideas, history, characterisation and landscape in harness on this sort of scale.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is movie-making on the grandest scale.

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Variety Staff
Variety

It was a big bold project and has turned out a big bold film.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Approach it from whatever angle you like, performances, script, cinematography, score; David Lean's sweeping biography of T.E. Lawrence is unarguably magnificent.

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People Magazine

Despite the film's technical wizardry, the seven Academy Awards and the expansive budget, this time-honored epic is ultimately a testament to something elemental: the ability to make an audience gasp as a story is told.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[It] remains one of the most intelligent, handsome, and influential of all war epics.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

Even the flies in the opening Cairo scene jump out at you.

Philip Kemp
Total Film

I epics are your thing, they don't come much grander.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A splendorous epic restored to near perfection, running now for almost four hours of magnificent visuals and fantastic dialogue, and it boasts both O'Toole… More
Christopher Heim
With awe-inspiring gigantic sets, great performances from a wide cast, big battles, and a story that more than justifies it's time length; this sweeping… More
Dan Schultz
An indisputable classic concerning an unruly British soldier (Peter O'Toole) tasked by the army to provide assistance to the Arabs in their battle against… More
Tim Salmons
David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is exactly what everyone describes it as: one of the great cinematic achievements of all time. Peter O'Toole's… More
Jim Hunter
T.E. Lawrence binds Arab tribes in the West's battle against the Turks. While I consider this film necessary viewing for anyone who considers him/herself a… More
Anthony Lawrie
Lawrence of Arabia is an incredible film, the quintessential epic. It's hard find any fault with it really, unless it doesn't happen to be your kind… More

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