Spartacus (1960)

Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Batiatus'… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 7, 1960
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring terrific performances and epic action, Kubrick's restored swords-and-sandals epic is a true classic.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This may be the most literate of all the spectacles set in antiquity.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The most courageous thing about it, from today's standards, is that it closes without an obligatory happy ending, and an audience that has watched for 187 minutes doesn't get a tidy, mindless conclusion.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

There have been other versions of the Spartacus story, including a silent epic and a more recent TV series, but Kubrick's film can't be beaten.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Asurprisingly apt companion piece to Paths of Glory in its consideration of the mechanisms of power.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An epic that engages the intellect as well as the eyes and the emotions.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Kirk Douglas, while a little old in the role, makes a fine action hero, and Stanley Kubrick's still-accessible directing made the movie click.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It is a spotty, uneven drama.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a passable historical epic that has little in common with the rest of Kubrick's output...

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Thrilling epic is too intense for the youngest.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The only film that Kubrick didn't have control of, this sumptuous and forever influential sword-and-sandal epic balances quite well its campy moments with… More
Lucas Martins
An early Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. Dispite doesn't present very much the style of the filmmaker. Fresh.
Alex roy
Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus is a defining classic that has withstood the test of time. Brilliantly acted and directed, this is one of the best epics that… More
Chris Weber
While it is true that Kubrick never considered this to truly be one of his films, mostly because he didn't have full creative control, and it was primarily… More
Adriel Lim
A seminal classic of sorts. One that is of true, simple story about injustice, the absurd and of freedom. Quite the riveting movie with the fitting mood and… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Spartacus is like most Kirk Douglas vanity projects, only this time, it's longer, more overwrought, and wholly self-righteous. Douglas didn't get the… More