"It's an astonishing, unrepeatable epic."
— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"One of the most magnificent pictures, if not the most magnificent."
— Philip K. Scheuer, Los Angeles Times
"Lawrence is too emotionally overpowering for critical reservations."
— Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It is hard to recall any film that has put the wide screen to such impressive use."
— Bob Thomas, Associated Press
"What a bold, mad act of genius it was, to make Lawrence of Arabia, or even think that it could be made."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better."
— Andy Klein, New Times (L.A.)
"A supremely engrossing film, Lawrence of Arabia makes one forget that it runs nearly three and three-quarter hours: and sends one out haunted and shaken."
— Josephine O'Neill, Sydney Morning Herald
"No special effects are front and center here, simply the way a master creator of images pulls us into a dramatic story of great psychological complexity."
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"One of the cinema's grandest spectacles, Lawrence of Arabia is at turns exhilarating, devastating, and puzzling as it ponders the mystery of a man who was a mystery to himself."
— Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films
"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."
— James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
— David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The movie manages both senses of scale—the intimate and the expansive—with equal majesty, merging them into something moving, mesmerizing, and poetic, in a way only Lean movies could really manage."
— Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"From the early shots laid on the sun-hot sands there is grandeur and awe-inspiring, stark splendor, against which men fight and die, battle for their ambitions and then see their dearest ideals crushed by uncaring, mercenary politicians."
— Marjory Adams, Boston Globe
"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."
— Alexander Walker, London Evening Standard