March 25, 2021
Remaking the classic Hollywood epic and 11-time Oscar winner Ben-Hur seems redundant - so 2016's Ben-Hur starts on the back foot.
July 11, 2020
It glosses over familiar scenes and motifs, going through the same old routine without bringing anything new to the table.
July 2, 2020
For a movie that wants so badly to be epic-regular swooping helicopter shots of long lines of people walking along some ridge or cliff pepper the film-Ben-Hur lacks any sense of majesty or grandeur.
February 4, 2020
Unfortunately, 'new interpretation' means changing the story dramatically and turning it into a slight rip off of Gladiator and we are not entertained.
October 31, 2019
A spectacle worthy of Cecil B. DeMille but with a story that is more grounded and layered with softer, nuanced, more human emotional performances that go beyond the visual (and visceral) experience.
September 4, 2019
Morgan Freeman as Ilderim commands respect and plays his role with an almost regal stature.
August 19, 2019
Ben-Hur suffers from many faith-based genre pitfalls -- on-the-nose dialogue, unsubtle 'cross' imagery and parallelism, saccharine endings.
May 3, 2019
It in no way rivals either the 1959 Technicolor version or the great 1925 silent one.
February 15, 2019
In essence, this Ben-Hur is an empty husk, a digitally constructed bore that disappoints on just about every possible front.
December 7, 2018
(It) shares a message needed deeply ... With solid action sequences and a great performance from Jack Huston, the film's issues should be forgiven, in comparison.
August 28, 2018
It's still rather worthless, but there are a few praiseworthy elements here.
August 23, 2018
A thrill ride in parts, as long as you can forgive the hokiness, wooden dialogue, and long-slog running time.
April 30, 2018
A thematically confused and misdirected effort to reduce Wallace's story of faith and redemption into a Hollywood blockbuster in an age where the market has become desensitized to violence elsewhere that entertainment must go to a further extreme.
February 1, 2018
The movie isn't really saying anything, and is just cruising on the fumes left over from our associations with a classic.
January 10, 2018
The direction is uninspired, the script lacks a subtext, the two lead actors are appallingly anemic, and even the vaunted chariot race disappoints.
November 20, 2017
Ben-Hur isn't the worst film of the year, but from a technical standpoint it certainly looks it.
November 7, 2017
Morgan Freeman's character - a shrewd but honest merchant who cannot resist a good bet - is sagely wise enough, and he carries it off with effortless ease. All in all, justice has been done to this tale of epic scale.