King of Kings
King of Kings (1961)

The powerful and critically-acclaimed story of Jesus told in a strikingly beautiful visual style. Stars Oscar-nominees and Emmy-winner Rip Torn (TV's "The Larry Sanders Show") as Judas and Robert Ryan ("Bad Day at Black… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 30, 1961
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With enough narrative depth to anchor the expected spectacle, King of Kings is a true blessing for fans of Biblical epics.

TIME Magazine

Director Nicholas Ray makes few positive contributions.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Let us say the spirit is hinted but the projection of it is weak.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Many of the scenes (especially the ones centered on Pilate and John the Baptist) are as good as anything in the history of the Biblical epic.

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Variety Staff

Director Nicholas Ray has brooded long and wisely upon the meaning of his meanings, has planted plenty of symbols along the path, yet avoided the banalities of religious calendar art.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This quirky 'Scope biblical spectacular is a lot more thoughtful and interesting than most.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Because the makers of King of Kings took a chance by casting heartthrob Jeffrey Hunter as Christ, this was quickly dubbed by industry wags I Was a Teenage Jesus. But the film is far better than that label would suggest.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This is one of the most interesting screen versions of the Gospels.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

works as a historical epic

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Emanuel Levy

Nicholas Ray's biblical epic, toward the end of his career, is an intelligent film that finds the right balance between exteriors and interiors, stunning vistas and compelling characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Lukas Miller
Fine portrayal of the Diety's life. King of Kings is a biblical epic produced by many of the same people responsible for the making of Ben-Hur. Although… More
Brian R
This picture, basically, it is a retelling of the story of Jesus. "King Of Kings" pretty much says it all and the director Nicolas Ray does a good job… More
Cameron Johnson
Man, as crazy as Jeffrey Hunter looks in this, I had to check to make sure that this interpretation of the greatest story ever told wasn't "Jesus… More
Chris Browning
King of Kings is a large-scale epic telling the story of Jesus and featuring several screen legends and narrated by the great Orson Welles. The film does a… More