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: 98% 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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Variety Staff

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

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Robert Bolt's intelligent screenplay captures a portrait of a fiendishly complex, hopelessly idealistic individual and explores the politics at play.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

You'll need to dedicate half a day to it - but this deserves to be seen again on the big screen.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

Neil Smith
Total Film

It combines an astute character study with some of the most jaw-dropping images captured on film.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The second half isn't quite as compelling as the first, but to paraphrase a comment I once heard regarding another film: The first half is pure perfection, and then it devolves into one of the best movies ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A masterwork. The scene walking in the desert left me breathless. Highly recommended.
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
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
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
Mister Caple
During production,no one knew that this would be a bold or mad act of genius it would be to make Lawrence of Arabia,or even think that it could be made. In the… 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