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The King of Kings
Having scored big-time box office with his first Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments (1923), Cecil B. DeMille hoped to top this success with his 1927 The King of Kings. Inasmuch as he was now dealing with the life of Christ, DeMille had to be careful to serve up equal amounts of showmanship and reverence. The first creative challenge: how to "introduce" Christ in a tasteful manner? The answer: as a blind child is cured through Jesus' intervention, DeMille cuts to the child's point-of-view, slowly fading in on the kindly countenance of H.B. Warner as the Son of Man. Still,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Charles Morgan, New York Times
"The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Passionate DeMille silent spectacle."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"H.B. Warner as Jesus, decrepit as he appears, lends a quiet dignity to the film that is transfixing."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"With zebra races, dancing girls and a cast of thousands, this fills the screen with sensation and big images that still have the capacity to amuse and entertain."
‑ , Film4
"It's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Typically overblown DeMille epic succeeds as breathtaking kitsch."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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