Feb 11, 2021
62 years later, there's not much to say more than this is; an absolute masterpiece. What was accomplished narratively and technically all those years ago is a work of film geniuses. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 15, 2020
Perhaps best known for the intensely climactic and lengthy chariot race, resulting in urban legend stuntmen deaths and one of the most widely recognized sequences ever filmed.
Jul 24, 2019
One of Wyler's greatest achievements is the way he portrays Jesus Christ, made with elegance and genius. [Full Review in Spanish]
Jul 11, 2019
Watching it was like waiting at a railroad crossing while an interminable freight train lumbers past, often stopping completely for a while.
Apr 12, 2019
The chariot race still holds up.
Nov 19, 2018
William Wyler never lets spectacle and size interfere with the elemental passions and conflicts of his human story. The spectacular aspects emerge naturally from the story -- the time and place and the customs of the society in which the characters live.
Oct 7, 2018
Clocking in at three hours forty-two minutes, Ben-Hur overstays its welcome. Still, despite scenes that occasionally run too long, the movie doesn't start to drag until after the chariot race and many of the early scenes are engaging.
Dec 6, 2016
The most egregiously boring movie ever graced with the Best Picture Oscar... though in fairness, egregious boredom is one of the cornerstones of the Bible epic genre.
Jul 25, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] It's worth sitting through four hours of Charlton Heston's hammy pregnant pauses of strained dialogue and toothy grimaces just to savor the legendary larger-than-life marathon where single rider chariots...
Jan 1, 2015
Although it is a spectacle film, the story of how a man takes on the tyranny of the Romans, with all sorts of horrible consequences to himself and his family, is powerful and gripping.
Sep 9, 2014
1959 Biblical epic has fierce blood-spilling, cruelty.
Feb 23, 2014
At 212 minutes it is far too long, and large swathes of the action appear redundant or unnecessary. "Bigger than Ben-Hur!" they say. That may not be a compliment.
Feb 12, 2014
Some critics believe that William Wyler's box-office smash is no match for the 1925 silent version, but there's no denying that the race that forms the famous climax is one of the most iconic sequences in Hollywood history.
Feb 11, 2013
Epic in both length and stature, Ben-Hur goes on for-bloody-ever... but the action set-pieces remain unrivalled, even in the age of CGI.
Jan 29, 2012
A masterpiece of epic filmmaking, a profound religious experience and one of the greatest films ever made.
Nov 18, 2011
There is no reason to feel guilty about not loving this mammoth epic.
Aug 22, 2008
The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.
Mar 2, 2008
Mostly tedious Sunday school tale.
Feb 20, 2008
It's very much of its time, overblown and overlong -- but Ben-Hur is rightfully lodged at the forefront of Hollywood history.
Dec 13, 2006
Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959.