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James Powers
Hollywood Reporter
April 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.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 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...
Emanuel Levy
March 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
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

March 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.

TV Guide
March 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 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.
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Variety Staff
October 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.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
November 2, 2006
Still the definitive depiction of the Exodus in the popular imagination.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Tunney
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
April 12, 2006
As much a testament and a fixture of traditional American ideals and affections as a courthouse display of the stone tablets, and as weighty and solid.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 7, 2006
...a benchmark of comparison for all super spectaculars, and in its restored, high-definition Blu-ray presentation, it's more spectacular than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's the gigantic vulgarity, the obsessive righteousness of the director himself, which keeps the show on the road and suffuses the movie with its daft power.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 3, 2006
Anything worth doing is worth overdoing in DeMille's ponderous, yet still colossal, Biblical soap opera.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 28, 2005
Still a grand biblical epic that's just a notch below "Ben-Hur" in terms of its performances, narrative drama, and special effects.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 9, 2005
...there is something touching in the mechanical hauteur of some of the performances.
Full Review| Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
July 1, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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