The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

Adapted by Philip Dunne from the novel by Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstacy is the story of the 16th century war of wills between Renaissance artist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and "warrior pope" Julius II (Rex Harrison).… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 16, 1965
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Required viewing for the fan of pious filmmaking or the cinematographer in film school. From a story and character perspective, it's sadly very forgettable.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

For some viewers, the agony will be watching Charlton Heston (over)act, and the ecstasy Rex Harrison. But it IS refreshing for a period film to cover such new and (pun intended) artistic ground.

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Emanuel Levy

As a chronicle of the artist Michelangelo, this is one of Carol Reed's most underwhelming films, though some of the production values are good.

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Mister Caple
Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison portray two of the Renaissance's most colorful figures in this brilliant historical epic drama based on Irving… More
Marcus Woolcott
The battle of wills between Pope Julius II and Michaelangelo that culminated in the painting of The Sistine Chapel. Worth a watch.
Barry Lappin
Very long, intricate retelling of the story...but still great.