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The King of Kings

The King of Kings (1927)

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Having scored big-time box office with his first Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), Cecil B. DeMille hoped to top this success with his 1927 The King of Kings. Inasmuch as he was now dealing with the life of Christ, DeMille had to be careful to serve up equal amounts of showmanship and reverence. The first creative challenge: how to "introduce" Christ in a tasteful manner? The answer: as a blind child is cured through Jesus' intervention, DeMille cuts to the child's point-of-view,

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Jeanie Macpherson

Jun 17, 1997

Kino Video

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As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey.

December 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different.

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Tells its story with all the reverence DeMille and his cast can muster... Don't make the mistake of assuming that it's merely quaint today

January 13, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

H.B. Warner as Jesus, decrepit as he appears, lends a quiet dignity to the film that is transfixing.

December 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Passionate DeMille silent spectacle.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

With zebra races, dancing girls and a cast of thousands, this fills the screen with sensation and big images that still have the capacity to amuse and entertain.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Typically overblown DeMille epic succeeds as breathtaking kitsch.

December 1, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The King of Kings

cecil b demilles silent classic about the life of Jesus. demille, one of the greatest directors in history, says that this is the most important film he ever made. he claimed to have a deeply rooted reverence for the Bible but he was also a showman as a filmmaker, both sides of his character show in this film. he took way too much liberty with the telling of Jesus' life and created a flawed portrayal of events, but did so well with what he got right that I still had a genuinely worshipful experience watching this film. some of it was so bad it was comical, other parts were so good i was in awe. ultimately it was well worth the time even though this film was a bit long for a silent film.
February 21, 2008
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