Ben-Hur Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
February 23, 2017
While it isn't a total disaster, the new Ben-Hur is unnecessary; the original still works as well as it did more than 50 years ago. This is nothing more than an action movie made for the new generations, which works for a while. [Full review in Spanish]
January 8, 2017
Just as Bekmambetov can't wrangle the story into a palatable feature, neither can his largely under-used actors.
December 28, 2016
The build-up is so under-nourished, you wind up caring more about the horses than the characters.
December 28, 2016
Rankly incompetent.
December 6, 2016
The big budget, costume epic might be due for a comeback, but this anemic and unimaginative exercise isn't going to do it.
December 5, 2016
What you get here is a movie where you can always tell who the wealthy family is because they're the ones whose hair always looks well-shampooed and treated with conditioner.
December 5, 2016
Somehow, Ben-Hur 2016 feels longer and duller than its predecessor.
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