The King of Kings
The King of Kings (1927)

This is the original biblical epic on which Nicholas Ray based his remake in 1961. It is the silent depiction of the life of Jesus Christ. Sensitively made in black and white, the resurrection scene is in color.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 17, 1997
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Charles Morgan
New York Times

As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

H.B. Warner as Jesus, decrepit as he appears, lends a quiet dignity to the film that is transfixing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Tells its story with all the reverence DeMille and his cast can muster... Don't make the mistake of assuming that it's merely quaint today

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements.

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cecil b demilles silent classic about the life of Jesus. demille, one of the greatest directors in history, says that this is the most important film he ever… More