Ben-Hur Reviews

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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.
April 12, 2019
It actually had potential to be a good remake.
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 30, 2018
In the end you just go...meh.
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.
October 31, 2017
The new film is like a cheap Chinese clone. Its slick to look at, but once you experience it first hand; you realize it is in essence a cheap knock-off.
October 18, 2017
Ben-Hur is dreadful to look at, so murky and dark at times, that it's difficult to know whether to blame the weather, a duff conversion to 3D or Oliver Wood's original cinematography.
October 9, 2017
Without the romantic subtext, Ben-Hur is left with a rather ugly moral about destroying your enemies at all costs and only forgiving them once you've ruined their lives.
August 10, 2017
Very rarely does it try to impress us, or overwhelm us, shock us, move us.
May 26, 2017
For those of us who know the 1959 version well, no comparison is useful. Put it completely out of your mind. See it fresh and through the eyes of teens and young adults.
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