Ben-Hur Reviews

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.
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.
August 22, 2008
The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.
December 13, 2006
Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959.
January 26, 2006
The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely.
May 20, 2003
Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale.
June 5, 2002
If we later came to realize that movies could be a whole lot better than Ben-Hur, that still doesn't detract from the enjoyment the film still provides.
April 17, 2001
Opening with a full overture played against Michelangelo's ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, you know that you're in for something unembarrassed by its own grandiosity.
February 13, 2001
A majestic achievement, representing a superb blending of the motion picture arts by master craftsmen.
January 1, 2000
The MGM production is a lavish, colorful spectacle that will linger long in the eye of the beholder.