Quo Vadis?
Quo Vadis? (1951)

A Christian woman falls for an agnostic Roman soldier during a time when Emperor Nero plans to wipe out Christianity completely and rebuild Rome after burning it to the ground. As their love deepens, the soldier begins to discover a faith… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 23, 1951
DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It was made, we suspect, for those who like grandeur and noise -- and no punctuation. It will probably be a vast success.

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Variety Staff

Quo Vadis is a super-spectacle in all its meaning.

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TV Guide

The epic Quo Vadis offers a spectacular cast to match its overwhelming production.

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Time Out

It does last virtually three hours, and along the way does have stretches of tedium, but LeRoy invests most of it with pace, true spectacle, and not a little imagination.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

MGM's opulent version of ancient Rome circa 1951, with Peter Ustinov at his most whimsical doing honors as the mad Nero.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's heavy-handed, to be sure, but it's fun to watch, thanks to its pageantry and color.

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TIME Magazine

For sheer size, opulence and technical razzle-dazzle, Quo Vadis is the year's most impressive cinematic sight-seeing spree.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Enough large-scale spectacle scenes to outweigh the inevitable religiose sludge that creeps in between them.

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Emanuel Levy

By today's standards, Mervyn LeRoy's film is a kitschy spectacle, but in 1951, it was immensely popular and MGM spent its biggest budget to date for a star-driven production that shot for a whole year at Rome's Cinnecitta Studios.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Apparently, the term "quo vadis" translates to "boring" in both Latin and English.
Lukas Miller
"When all this sets with the final sun, remember the look of Acte."To my understanding, "Quo Vadis" was the first big-budget Bible drama. It… More
jay nixon
Enjoyable biblical epic, gargantuan in scope and eye poppingly colorful. Professionally acted by Taylor and Deborah Kerr this is stolen by the florid Peter… More
John Ballantine
Another fabulous Roman epic that is really carried by the great Sir Peter Ustinov as Nero. What a tremendous performance.
xGary Xx
Despite the swords and sandals, the core of this film is a stodgy and stiff-backed romantic melodrama combined with a preachy christian message. Peter… More
Cameron Johnson
Before there was "Spartacus" and "Ben-Hur", there was... this film, whatever it is. The span between the late '50s and almost all of… More