King of Kings
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The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style. Stars Oscar-nominees and Emmy-winner Rip Torn (TV's "The Larry Sanders Show") as Judas and Robert Ryan ("Bad Day at Black Rock," "Crossfire," "The Wild Bunch") as John the Baptist with Jeffrey Hunter ("A Kiss Before Dying") as Christ. Directed by Oscar-nominee Nicholas Ray ("Rebel Without a Cause," "In a Lonely Place"). Narrated by Orson Welles ("Citizen Kane"). "...grandly filmed...deeply moving" -… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Nicholas Ray makes few positive contributions."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Let us say the spirit is hinted but the projection of it is weak."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Many of the scenes (especially the ones centered on Pilate and John the Baptist) are as good as anything in the history of the Biblical epic."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Nicholas Ray's biblical epic, toward the end of his career, is an intelligent film that finds the right balance between exteriors and interiors, stunning vistas and compelling characters."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Jeffrey Hunter is less Saviour of the Christian faith and more anti-hero with many very human doubts and concerns."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Director Nicholas Ray has brooded long and wisely upon the meaning of his meanings, has planted plenty of symbols along the path, yet avoided the banalities of religious calendar art."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This quirky 'Scope biblical spectacular is a lot more thoughtful and interesting than most."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"And there are moments within King of Kings that are quite beautiful and striking , deliberately intended to stand out from the norm."
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
"... whereas detractors dismissed the films as I Was a Teenage Jesus, it's more accurate to describe it as Rebel With a Cause."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"An epic of considerable scope, filled with broad vistas, yet there are enough intimate moments to give audience a chance to engage with the characters rather than just admire their pontificating."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is one of the most interesting screen versions of the Gospels."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"works as a historical epic"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Because the makers of King of Kings took a chance by casting heartthrob Jeffrey Hunter as Christ, this was quickly dubbed by industry wags I Was a Teenage Jesus. But the film is far better than that label would suggest."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Although it may rely a little too heavily on spectacle, it features fine acting, direction, and photography. On Blu-ray it makes a splendid showing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A sweeping and at times stirring biblical epic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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