Reviews

Jul 14, 2021
Whatever its dramatic and religious shortcomings, the film grapples -- and often tellingly -- with subject matter of great importance for this or any year.
Apr 5, 2021
Cecil B. DeMille set out not just to be entertaining but to do as much justice to the Moses saga as he could, with as much awe and pomp and grandeur as the Fifties studio system could muster. He succeeded spectacularly.
Mar 29, 2021
As The Ten Commandments hits its sixty-fifth anniversary, it is once again being celebrated and has been given a true makeover.
May 28, 2020
The Ten Commandments may have been impressive for its time but the film horribly fails in its attempt to recreate the story of the Exodus.
Mar 14, 2020
Staggering as spectacle and inspirational as a Biblical tale, but it has to labor mighty hard to overcome the lamentable dialogue ("Oh, Moses, Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool!") and the poor acting by virtually all of its leading players.
Oct 17, 2019
Cecil B. de Mille's vastly expanded remake of his 1923 silent epic takes three hours and thirty-nine minutes to sit through, and the time, for me, often dragged heavily.
Jul 3, 2019
It is more awe-inspiring than words can describe.
May 21, 2019
What makes this film work - something that religious films recently have completely lost the thread of - is that it's not a sermon. It appeals by being compelling regardless of your religious allegiances.
Apr 7, 2015
There is no other picture like it. There will be none. If it could be summed up in a word, the word would be sublime. And the man responsible for that, when all is said and done is Cecil B. DeMille.
Dec 10, 2014
DeMille's direction of the action is superb and the various roles are played with feeling by a large and competent cast, headed by Charlton Heston.
Apr 21, 2011
It seems as if some films are perpetually being restored, with each new version touted as better than the last. That said, I can assure you that the new DVD and Blu-ray edition of...
Mar 25, 2011
DeMille's last film (he died in 1959) is also his biggest, most spectacular epic, excessive and lurid, displaying him as a showman--must see for Hollywood students
Dec 15, 2010
Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible.
May 13, 2009
Mar 4, 2008
Bank holiday afternoon fare it might be, but DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent is a marvellous epic of the kind they don't make any more.
Mar 4, 2008
A great big wallow, sublime hootchy-kootchy hokum, peppered with lightning that does automatic writing and an unsurpassed homage to the joys of jello.
Mar 4, 2008
With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute.
Oct 19, 2007
DeMille remains conventional with the motion picture as an art form. The eyes of the onlooker are filled with spectacle. Emotional tug is sometimes lacking.
Nov 2, 2006
Still the definitive depiction of the Exodus in the popular imagination.
May 6, 2006
An epic soap opera of an event -- the running time is longer than any church service -- that still impresses more than it amuses.