The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

Filmmaker George Stevens chose Monument Valley, Utah for his exterior sequences in The Greatest Story Ever Told, this ($20 million) adaptation of Fulton Oursler's best-selling book. The "Greatest Story" is, of course, the life… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: February 15, 1965
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The prophets should speak with respect of this $20 million Biblical epic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Stevens has done it in a generous and often stunning style. And the quality of his reverence should captivate the piously devout.

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TV Guide

Wile it's not quite as bad as the critics claimed upon its release, it's not particularly good either.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

By reputation, the results are so dull and so consistently undercut by a succession of star cameos that no one seems to mind the various shorter versions released since them, one of them less than half as long.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Hammy performances by Charlton Heston as John the Baptist, Telly Savalas as Pilate, and, in the most notorious bit of casting, John Wayne(!) as a Roman soldier overseeing the crucifixion ("Truly, this man was the son of God," drawls the Duke).

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Despite some rousing scenes, may be the most boring movie ever made ...

Time Out

Interminable and intolerably reverential.

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Tends to degenerate into a series of increasingly bizarre walk-ons.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If this is the greatest story ever told I can imagine how horrid is the worst story ever told.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A HUGE investment of time that drags here and there but a chance to see the kind of spectacle that isn't made anymore. A fine example of the craftsmenship… More
Kevin M. Williams
love these top heavy with stars juggernauts they tossed at you to try to get you out from in front of your teevee sets! and this one drips with maybe too much… More
Bruce Bruce
A very fast and incomplete story of the life of Jesus, many facts left out but still worth 4 stars/
Cameron Johnson
No wonder Max von Sydow's dies so much onscreen; he recreated the deaths to end all deaths, or sins, rather, and after that, you can expect that to show up… More
Red Lats
An overly long version of Christ's story. Von Sydow is great as Jesus, but hearing the Duke's voice as the Centurion pissed me off for some reason.
Nicolas Korovessis
Far too long.