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King of Kings Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2013
works as a historical epic
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 1, 2013
Many of the scenes (especially the ones centered on Pilate and John the Baptist) are as good as anything in the history of the Biblical epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 22, 2011
Because the makers of King of Kings took a chance by casting heartthrob Jeffrey Hunter as Christ, this was quickly dubbed by industry wags I Was a Teenage Jesus. But the film is far better than that label would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
April 5, 2011
Nicholas Ray's biblical epic, toward the end of his career, is an intelligent film that finds the right balance between exteriors and interiors, stunning vistas and compelling characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
April 1, 2011
... whereas detractors dismissed the films as I Was a Teenage Jesus, it's more accurate to describe it as Rebel With a Cause.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 23, 2011
Although it may rely a little too heavily on spectacle, it features fine acting, direction, and photography. On Blu-ray it makes a splendid showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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TIME Magazine
March 19, 2008
Director Nicholas Ray makes few positive contributions.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 19, 2008
Jeffrey Hunter is less Saviour of the Christian faith and more anti-hero with many very human doubts and concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
October 22, 2007
An epic of considerable scope, filled with broad vistas, yet there are enough intimate moments to give audience a chance to engage with the characters rather than just admire their pontificating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 22, 2007
Director Nicholas Ray has brooded long and wisely upon the meaning of his meanings, has planted plenty of symbols along the path, yet avoided the banalities of religious calendar art.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is one of the most interesting screen versions of the Gospels.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Let us say the spirit is hinted but the projection of it is weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 28, 2004
A sweeping and at times stirring biblical epic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
November 5, 2003
Perfect for Easter TV.
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
As such, it's a pretty reverent recounting of the New Testament.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
This quirky 'Scope biblical spectacular is a lot more thoughtful and interesting than most.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
June 18, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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