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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 22, 2011
Hammy performances by Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Telly Savalas as Pilate, and, in the most notorious bit of casting, John Wayne(!) as a Roman soldier overseeing the crucifixion ("Truly, this man was the son of God," drawls the Duke).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 13, 2007
Tends to degenerate into a series of increasingly bizarre walk-ons.

TV Guide
November 13, 2007
Wile it's not quite as bad as the critics claimed upon its release, it's not particularly good either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
November 13, 2007
The prophets should speak with respect of this $20 million Biblical epic.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 13, 2007
By reputation, the results are so dull and so consistently undercut by a succession of star cameos that no one seems to mind the various shorter versions released since them, one of them less than half as long.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Interminable and intolerably reverential.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 7, 2006
Despite some rousing scenes, may be the most boring movie ever made ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2006
If this is the greatest story ever told I can imagine how horrid is the worst story ever told.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Mr. Stevens has done it in a generous and often stunning style. And the quality of his reverence should captivate the piously devout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2005
Yes, the celebrity cameos distract, but the film focuses more on Jesus' message than the overated King of Kings If you've never seen it in widescreen, you are missing a revelation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
June 29, 2004
The New Testament meets "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in this unintentionally funny all-star Biblical epic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 13, 2003
So call me a blasphemer and a heretic. Producer/director/writer George Stevens' ultimate project simply isn't a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 25, 2002
One of the most boring movies ever made; if Jesus was a wooden in life as he is in this movie, he would not have attracted one disciple.
| Original Score: 1/5
Collin Souter
July 21, 2002
Don't let the title fool you. It's all hype. The gratuitous cameos make it hard to take the movie seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
June 19, 2001
The most unintentionally hilarious biblical epic ever to grace the silver screen.
Read More | Original Score: 55/100
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
James Plath
March 15, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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