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Doctor Zhivago

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Epic drama combines romance, politics, mature themes.

Movie PG-13 1965 200 minutes
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age 16+


EXTRAORDINARY FILMAKING actors are magnicicent director is a geniusfor mking so many masterpieces of cinemawith perfect acctors the script is senxazional and the music is perfect and sublime. possibly the best movie ever made and it wil stay with you foreveralways fresh and young

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Riveting and gorgeous.

"Doctor Zhivago" is a riveting and gorgeous film. Omar Sharif shines as the Russian doctor and poet, plus, it features the great supporting cast with the likes of the stunning Julie Christie, the gorgeous Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, and Tom Courtenay. Because of the mature themes, the film is for teens and adults.

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Doctor Zhivago astounded audiences when it debuted in 1965 with its exquisite cinematography, and decades later, it astonishes still. The Russian winters are baleful and stark; Julie Christie has never been more beautiful. But as a historical film, it is rudimentary at best; as a drama, it lacks the necessary momentum to move from one moment to another. At 200 minutes, it's overlong, and feels like it. And it's difficult to understand what compels Yuri to betray a wife (Geraldine Chaplin) who appears to be besotted with him and whom, before he takes up with Lara, he seems to adore.

Still: Sharif, Christie, and, especially, Steiger, turn in memorable performances that mitigate the film's deficits -- enough for it to take its rightful spot in cinematic history.

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