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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. Reviewed by: Staff [not credited]
    100
    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
    100
    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: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Feb 19, 2012
    10
    Epic filmmaking perfection. Such a story filmed at this grand scale demands respect, especially in the early 60s. The scope of Lawrence of Arabia is matched or exceeded only by the likes of Cleopatra, Gone with the Wind and Spartacus. Peter O'Toole's flawless, emotional portrayal of T.E. Lawrence, and in his first major role on film, is awe-inspiring. Independent of historical flaws and tremendous length, Lawrence of Arabia is what the art of filmmaking is all about. Expand
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    10
    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. Collapse
  3. May 3, 2011
    10
    This film is perfect in every possible way. It's hard to even imagine the struggles that went into the making of this masterpiece. Peter O' Toole not only gives his best performance of all-time, but one of the greatest performances of all-time. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2012
    10
    I watched when it came out, taught it many times and wrote a whole section of a book about it.est movie ever made. Peter O'Toole: best acting job ever. Expand
  5. May 11, 2014
    10
    An absolute masterpiece without a question. The direction, the writing, the acting ….. everything is top notch. Act 2 was slightly off paced relative to the other 2 Acts but nonetheless a remarkable cinematic achievement. Expand
  6. Feb 4, 2012
    10
    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. 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. What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make Lawrence of Arabia, or even think that it could be made. It's hard to even imagine the struggles that went into the making of this masterpiece. Peter O' Toole not only gives his best performance of all-time, but one of the greatest performances of all-time. Cons? The landscape, the story meant nothing, the acting was stiff, too long , too melodramatic. But not much else! Expand
  7. Jun 23, 2011
    3
    I watched this movie with no doubt that it would be as good as it was made out to be. It was in the top 10 of the AFI top 100 movies of all time, and it had received many 4 star reviews. About an hour into the film, I fell asleep. Now, fans of the film would say, "Oh, you can't handle the impact of a long epic film. You have a short attention span." Well, with me, that is not the case. But, on the subject of length, this film is almost four hours long. For the content displayed in this film, the running time was way too long. If Titanic can cram all the hefty things it needed in a matter of 3 hours, then this is no excuse. Nothing was happening. I mean, literally nothing. The screenplay needs a real doctor, because it has so much unneeded dialogue. It just procrastinated its way through, I think because it really had nothing more interesting. Director David lean is probably one of the best directors of all time, but in this film, you can tell that his and the producer's mind frame was "I wonder how many academy awards I can get through this film?" It wasn't made naturally, it was gargantuan for this point. I about turned off the movie when I saw a thirty second look at the desert landscape for about the millionth time. Yes, it does take place in the desert, but this movie was called "Lawrence of Arabia," not "The Arabian Desert." Which brings me to my next point: Peter O' Toole. I have seen him in many marvelous performances. I'm surprised he hasn't received an Oscar yet. But, his interpretation of Lawrence was so vague. You only saw the exterior, you never saw the interior. He gets a rush out of killing, yet we don't know why. i partially blame it on the script writers, but I also partially blame it on him. When you are an actor, you have to convey to the audience who you are, no matter how good or bad the script is. he is playing the character that embodies the whole movie. It is solely about him, and he doesn't sell that. Now, I'm not going to bash everything just because I don't like the film, but i will compliment Alec Guinness for his outstanding but short performance as Prince Feisal, Maurice Jarre for the superb score, and the editing. Sorry to burst the bubble of the "Lawrence of Arabia" fans, but I really think this film is overrated, and that it is not as good as it is made out to be. That is my opinion on "Lawrence of Arabia." Expand

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