Quo Vadis
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Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Part of Nero's master plan is the elimination of the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"It was made, we suspect, for those who like grandeur and noise -- and no punctuation. It will probably be a vast success."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Quo Vadis is a super-spectacle in all its meaning."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The epic Quo Vadis offers a spectacular cast to match its overwhelming production."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Super MGM spectacular, Roman style, headlining Robert Taylor."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"the main reason to watch three hours of Quo Vadis remains Peter Ustinov's striking contribution to Nero lore"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It does last virtually three hours, and along the way does have stretches of tedium, but LeRoy invests most of it with pace, true spectacle, and not a little imagination."
‑ , Time Out
"MGM's opulent version of ancient Rome circa 1951, with Peter Ustinov at his most whimsical doing honors as the mad Nero."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's heavy-handed, to be sure, but it's fun to watch, thanks to its pageantry and color."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Pretty good, almost despite all the excess."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Everyone should see Quo Vadis. Once."
‑ , Film4
"For sheer size, opulence and technical razzle-dazzle, Quo Vadis is the year's most impressive cinematic sight-seeing spree."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Enough large-scale spectacle scenes to outweigh the inevitable religiose sludge that creeps in between them."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"By today's standards, Mervyn LeRoy's film is a kitschy spectacle, but in 1951, it was immensely popular and MGM spent its biggest budget to date for a star-driven production that shot for a whole year at Rome's Cinnecitta Studios."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Taylor is as wooden as usual, but the gaudy spectacle is worth the rental price."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Peter Ustinov's delightful over-the-top prissy performance was fun to watch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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