Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 15, 2008
Best enjoyed as a sample of the state of the art circa 1925, not as a timeless masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 8, 2005
Hokey by today's standards, but one of the greatest silent film spectacles.
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 30, 2005
Yes, you'll also find the chariot race in here, and you may even find it as exciting or more exciting than the one Heston enacted.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 6, 2004
Novelist Lew Wallace's 'Tale of Christ' got the silent Hollywood treatment, and how, in M-G-M's elephantine costume epic.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Has merits not found in William Wyler's Oscar-laden 1959 remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 17, 2005
At nearly 2½ hours long, the 1925 version is still an hour shorter than the 1959 version, yet the story is essentially the same, and the scale similarly impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5

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