Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur (1959)

Record-breaking winner of 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, and Score, this epic masterpiece stars Charlton Heston ("The Ten Commandments," "Touch of Evil") in the title role of a… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uneven, but in terms of epic scope and grand spectacle, Ben-Hur still ranks among Hollywood's finest examples of pure entertainment.

TIME Magazine

The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Glenn Dunks
Quickflix

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959.

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Ronald Holloway
Variety

A majestic achievement, representing a superb blending of the motion picture arts by master craftsmen.

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Peter Freedman
Radio Times

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.

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Time Out

The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

1959 Biblical epic has fierce blood-spilling, cruelty.

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Total Film

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
A sword and sandal epic intended to begger your measly little life...which it almost manages to do, dadgumit! Heston represents Israel groaning under the Roman… More
Lucas Martins
William Wyler's epic and unforgettable masterpiece. One of the best remakes ever! Touching. Fresh.
Anthony Lawrie
Oscar wins mean very little to me, Ben-Hur beat films that were better than it and the better films that year weren't even nominated. Many an unworthy… More
Alex roy
William Wyler's Ben-Hur is one of the greatest epics in cinematic history. The film changed the medium forever and is a stunning accomplishment in film.… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Powerful and masterfully crafted, Ben Hur is a timeless epic that will continue to thrill and move audience members throughout the generations.
Jens S.
The word monumental has been invented for this film. Larger than life sets, huge amounts of extras, gigantic matte paintings, a big orchestral score, everything… More

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