The Ten Commandments
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Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an infant by the pharoah's daughter, to his long, hard struggle to free the Hebrews from their slavery at the hands of the Egyptians. Moses (Charlton Heston) starts out "in solid" as Pharoah's adopted son (and a whiz at designing pyramids, dispensing such construction-site advice as "Blood makes poor mortar"), but when he discovers… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The crammed contents are linked ponderously in a long, warning movie sermon that has authority but little power."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Still the definitive depiction of the Exodus in the popular imagination."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"...a benchmark of comparison for all super spectaculars, and in its restored, high-definition Blu-ray presentation, it's more spectacular than ever."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"DeMille remains conventional with the motion picture as an art form. The eyes of the onlooker are filled with spectacle. Emotional tug is sometimes lacking."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It seems as if some films are perpetually being restored, with each new version touted as better than the last. That said, I can assure you that the new DVD and Blu-ray edition of..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"Bank holiday afternoon fare it might be, but DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent is a marvellous epic of the kind they don't make any more."
‑ , Film4
"An epic soap opera of an event -- the running time is longer than any church service -- that still impresses more than it amuses."
‑ Tom Tunney, Empire Magazine
"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing in DeMille's ponderous, yet still colossal, Biblical soap opera."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"It's the gigantic vulgarity, the obsessive righteousness of the director himself, which keeps the show on the road and suffuses the movie with its daft power."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"DeMille's last film (he died in 1959) is also his biggest, most spectacular epic, excessive and lurid, displaying him as a showman--must see for Hollywood students"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A great big wallow, sublime hootchy-kootchy hokum, peppered with lightning that does automatic writing and an unsurpassed homage to the joys of jello."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As much a testament and a fixture of traditional American ideals and affections as a courthouse display of the stone tablets, and as weighty and solid."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Still a grand biblical epic that's just a notch below "Ben-Hur" in terms of its performances, narrative drama, and special effects."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
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