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Lawrence of Arabia Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    100

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make Lawrence of Arabia, or even think that it could be made.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Mature teens will appreciate this gripping epic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a lavish and gripping movie, beautifully filmed, that commands your attention despite a length of nearly four hours, and a complex lead character. Although tame by modern standards, the battle scenes are still powerful, and could frighten some kids. Because of its complexity and length, this isn't a movie for young children. Mature teens will appreciate this gorgeous production.

  • Families can talk about and research together the historical basis for the movie.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Despite some vagueness about the historical background of the events depicted, the movie does inspire some understanding of and respect for Arab cultures.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several of the battle scenes are intended to horrify viewers with the brutality of war. Lawrence is raped by Turkish captors in a scene that will appear to those unfamiliar with his life that he's merely being beaten.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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