Quo Vadis? (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

Quo Vadis? (1951)



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A Christian woman falls for an agnostic Roman soldier during a time when Emperor Nero plans to wipe out Christianity completely and rebuild Rome after burning it to the ground. As their love deepens, the soldier begins to discover a faith he didn't have before. A Best Picture nominee.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Faith & Spirituality, Romance, Classics, Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Lee Mahin, S.N. Behrmann, Sonya Levien
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2008
MGM Home Entertainment


Robert Taylor
as Marcus Vinicius
Leo Genn
as Petronius
Felix Aylmer
as Plautius
Ralph Truman
as Tigellinus
Peter Miles
as Nazarius
William Tubbs
as Anaxander
Lia DeLeo
as Pedicurist
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Critic Reviews for Quo Vadis?

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

It was made, we suspect, for those who like grandeur and noise -- and no punctuation. It will probably be a vast success.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

It does last virtually three hours, and along the way does have stretches of tedium, but LeRoy invests most of it with pace, true spectacle, and not a little imagination.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

For sheer size, opulence and technical razzle-dazzle, Quo Vadis is the year's most impressive cinematic sight-seeing spree.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Quo Vadis is a super-spectacle in all its meaning.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Top Critic

MGM's opulent version of ancient Rome circa 1951, with Peter Ustinov at his most whimsical doing honors as the mad Nero.

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Quo Vadis?

Apparently, the term "quo vadis" translates to "boring" in both Latin and English.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable biblical epic, gargantuan in scope and eye poppingly colorful. Professionally acted by Taylor and Deborah Kerr this is stolen by the florid Peter Ustinov and Leo Genn who gives the film's best performance. Unlike many of these types of films this one while quite long at least keeps moving at a decent clip. And of course it all has that high gloss classic era MGM sheen that just can't be replicated today no matter how many computers are used.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Despite the swords and sandals, the core of this film is a stodgy and stiff-backed romantic melodrama combined with a preachy christian message. Peter Ustinov's Nero is fun, portraying him as an affable maniac but Robert Taylor is acting like he's reading off cue cards and as a whole, it's an overlong and crushing bore.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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