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  • Summary: The 40th anniversary re-release of David Lean's 1962 masterpiece, starring Peter O'Toole in one of the most electrifying debuts in film history.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Staff [not credited]
    David Lean's splendid biography of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in battle against the Ottoman Turks during WWI.
  2. 100
    Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better.
  3. 100
    Riveting from beginning to end, featuring stellar performances, amazing cinematography, and a story without a trace of fat, the film does everything an epic is supposed to do - and more.
  4. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Lawrence is back on the big screen, and it simply demands to be seen. Yes, again.
  5. It's perhaps only because it can't be seen in its full glory on television that "Lawrence" isn't ranked more highly on some recent all-time "best film" lists. But it belongs near the very top. It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic.
  6. In short, they don't make 'em like this one anymore. Viewing it is like taking a time machine to a movie age that was more naive than our own in some ways, more sophisticated and ambitious in others.
  7. 100
    What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make Lawrence of Arabia, or even think that it could be made.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    Perfectly executed, flawless O'Toole's performance, not a minute to long and an epic soundtrack lift this movie above all other movies. Epic, genius, real, and many other words try to describe this movie, but the dictionary can't provide us the words to really describe the movie. It's not flawless, but one of the best screenplays ever in movies, epic soundtrack, excellent directing and realistic portrayals of characters make this movie the best movie ever made in the film industry. It's pure art. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    I am a huge fan of David Lean, and this is by far his greatest film. Beautifully filmed, marvelously acted, just all around brilliant film, one of the best of all time in my opinion. The emotional impact of Lawrence of Arabia is large and long lasting, a classic movie that is not only entertaining, but moving in ways that most stone faced classics seem to not achieve. Expand
  3. Dan
    Jan 26, 2009
    Cinematic perfection, no less.
  4. TinaW.
    Sep 4, 2008
    This movie does not just deserve a mere 100, it deserves a 101! This is the most intelligent film that the Creator has ever put on this planet.
  5. Dec 17, 2010
    One of the greatest movies of all time.. a true epic! Rarely do you find such a beautifully done movie. *highlight for me* Anthony Q performance, Alex G, and Omar Sharif but many others as well ... almost too many to list... Must see movie! Expand
  6. JosephH.
    Sep 29, 2006
    Perhaps at time overly grand in spectacular-ism and edited to feature the cinematography, it is probably the most memorable film over my 77 years. The history lesson should be used in classrooms and political training for all governmental agencies. To defy the creed of killing and tribalism without cultural cleansing will perpetuate wars forever. The military industrial complex was exposed by one of our most forgotten presidents. Expand
  7. massimob
    Feb 22, 2009
    Ok, some visually stunning scene, but it was the landscape, the story meant nothing the acting was stiff, maybe I'm an idiot, too long , too melodramatic, I can't imagine this to be a great film, don't believe the hype, try watching it more than once, you can't or you're deluding yourself. Expand

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