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: December 16, 1962
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 97% 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.

Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

Lean and photographer Fred A. Young have combined their artistic talents in an evocation of the Arabian desert that makes it both terrifying and deeply moving in its lonely grandeur.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard

It has an epic hero whom it doesn't hero-worship...[O'Toole] brings flawlessly to life the film's vision of a flawed warrior who is corrupted by pride, soured by empty victories and betrayed finally by the jubilant jump of his heart every time he kills.

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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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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Celebrated British director David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" is a textbook example of "epic" cinema.

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Variety Staff

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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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This is movie-making on the grandest scale.

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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 offers us both… 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
Adam Kelly
A remarkable masterpiece! One of the best movies ever. It inspired both Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg to become directors and is my favourite film, that… More