Ben-Hur (2016)

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala, an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves, Judah is forced into slavery. After… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 19, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2016
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Consensus: How do you fight an idea? By filming a remake that has too few of its own, and tries to cover it up with choppy editing and CGI.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Though it seems unlikely to dislodge William Wyler's 1959 version, its story of a Judean prince (Jack Huston) who keeps running into Jesus of Nazareth (Rodrigo Santoro) offers plenty of action and spectacle.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The last of the summer's movie epics is a digitalized eyesore hobbled in every department by staggering incompetence.

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K. Austin Collins
The Ringer

Very rarely does it try to impress us, or overwhelm us, shock us, move us.

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James Berardinelli

An amateurish effort that boasts direct-to-video characteristics, the latest version disappoints in almost every production aspect.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Just because you're rolling in the chariot doesn't make you Charlton Heston. That's a lesson this weightless, instantly disposable remake of the 1959 sword-and-sandal Oscar winner learns the hard way.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

For those of us who know the 1959 version well, no comparison is useful. Put it completely out of your mind. See it fresh and through the eyes of teens and young adults.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Something soulless and empty, with all the mystery and grandeur of the tale just gone.

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Brian Lowry

Ben-Hur has clearly been designed and marketed to feed the appetite for projects with a spiritual foundation. Beyond the merits of that concept, though, there's precious little to celebrate creatively speaking.

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Ernesto Zelaya

While it isn't a total disaster, the new Ben-Hur is unnecessary; the original still works as well as it did more than 50 years ago. This is nothing more than an action movie made for the new generations, which works for a while. [Full review in Spanish]

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Dann Michalski
A new interpretation of the classic Lew Wallace novel, Ben-Hur is a thrilling epic tale of adventure. Two adopted brothers become bitter rivals when one joins… More
Fernando Martínez Cantú
Remake totalmente innecesario. Ben-Hur es una idea que jamas debió de haberse tocado ya que la version de 1959 era perfecta. Además, como puedes hacer un remake… More
Joshua Sheetz
Ben-Hur epitomizes the ill-advised remake that no wanted to see and no wanted to make. It was, truth be told, a film that I looked forward to eviscerating --… More
Thomas Drufke
Rarely are classics improved upon with remakes, others tend to tarnish the original versions. This iteration of Ben-Hur tends to fall somewhere in between… More
Jeff Boam
Despite some standout set pieces, this unoriginal and uninspiring take on Ben-Hur goes round in circles as if chasing its tail, seemingly remaking the 1959… More
Philip Price
There have been many a film versions of Lew Wallace's classic epic Ben-Hur, but of course the most notable is William Wyler's 1959 adaptation starring… More