Ben-Hur Reviews

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August 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.
July 24, 2019
One of Wyler's greatest achievements is the way he portrays Jesus Christ, made with elegance and genius. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 12, 2019
The chariot race still holds up.
November 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.
October 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.
July 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...
January 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.
September 9, 2014
1959 Biblical epic has fierce blood-spilling, cruelty.
February 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.
February 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.
January 29, 2012
A masterpiece of epic filmmaking, a profound religious experience and one of the greatest films ever made.
August 22, 2008
The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.
February 20, 2008
It's very much of its time, overblown and overlong -- but Ben-Hur is rightfully lodged at the forefront of Hollywood history.
November 15, 2006
The kind of sweeping pseudo-biblical epic that Hollywood was famous for. If not for Heston's weak performance and Boyd's ludicrous one, the film might have been better.
July 16, 2006
In the lead, Heston is stiff, and the writing is uneven, but overall, it's a rousing epic done on a massive scale with hundreds of sets and extras, and a priceless race scene.
July 2, 2006
The film moves with an assurance and majesty hardly seen in modern movies.
October 7, 2005
A movie that has come to define Biblical epic.
August 30, 2005
March 9, 2005
An absolute classic Hollywood epic!
October 23, 2004
Awesome spectacle, unforgettable story, Heston's best
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