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: December 22, 1965
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% 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.

James Powers
Hollywood Reporter

Despite the grim and brooding background, Zhivago has a surging buoyant spirit that is unquenchable. Doctor Zhivago is more than a masterful motion picture; it is a life experience.

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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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Richard Roud

One of those rare film adaptations which, unless you have already read the book, makes you wonder why anyone ever bothered to make the film at all.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

Yes it's old-fashioned and sappy. But it's impossible not to swoon.

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A.D. Murphy

One of the most meticulously designed and executed films.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

Maurice Jarre's music is as beguiling as ever and Lean squeezes all the pathos that he can out of the romance between Sharif's Yuri Zhivago and Julie Christie's febrile and gorgeous Lara Antipova.

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TIME Magazine

Literate, oldfashioned, soul-filling and thoroughly romantic.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

The best one can say of Doctor Zhivago is that it is an honest failure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The first three hours are spellbinding, with fascinating characters like the ones played by Courtenay and Steiger, but then the film collapses in the last half… 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
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