Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1926)

This renowned silent epic was one of the most expensive features of its day, and easily stands up to the later, technically superior version. Juda Ben-Hur, a Judean Prince forced to become a galley slave, saves the life of a Roman nobleman.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1926
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Best enjoyed as a sample of the state of the art circa 1925, not as a timeless masterpiece.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Hokey by today's standards, but one of the greatest silent film spectacles.

Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

At nearly 2½ hours long, the 1925 version is still an hour shorter than the 1959 version, yet the story is essentially the same, and the scale similarly impressive.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Novelist Lew Wallace's 'Tale of Christ' got the silent Hollywood treatment, and how, in M-G-M's elephantine costume epic.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Yes, you'll also find the chariot race in here, and you may even find it as exciting or more exciting than the one Heston enacted.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Has merits not found in William Wyler's Oscar-laden 1959 remake.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
I think I ought to re-watch this movie. I did just watch it last week, but it was so long I got bored and wasn't paying attention. I do remember a few… More