The King of Kings
The King of Kings (1927)

The Biblical story of Jesus Christ -- from his early years through the Resurrection -- is rendered with equal parts sanctity and melodramatic spectacle. Cecil B. DeMille's follow-up to his successful The Ten Commandments (1923) has… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 19, 1927
DVD Release Date: June 17, 1997
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Charles Morgan
New York Times

As a work of art it is a complete failure, because it is anaemic and because it shows us a Christ who, though obviously a virtuous and mild man, is completely lacking in the fire and spiritual vigor that go to the making of the great leaders of mankind.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The recounting of the Gospels according to De Mille seems awkward, tedious and hokey.

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Christopher Null

Whether you're religious or not, King of Kings is a monumental technical achievement of its era.

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Variety Staff

Tremendous is The King of Kings -- tremendous in its lesson, in the daring of its picturization for a commercial theatre and tremendous in its biggest scene, the Crucifixion of Christ.

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Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Sermons rarely make good films, this one being no different.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

H.B. Warner as Jesus, decrepit as he appears, lends a quiet dignity to the film that is transfixing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's a dull, tasteful film by a director who was anything but.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Tells its story with all the reverence DeMille and his cast can muster... Don't make the mistake of assuming that it's merely quaint today

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

In a genre that deserves the best artists can offer but is plagued by mediocrity, DeMille's flawed but powerful film remains one of Hollywood's most remarkable achievements.

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cecil b demilles silent classic about the life of Jesus. demille, one of the greatest directors in history, says that this is the most important film he ever… More