The Robe
The Robe (1953)

Historically important as the first CinemaScope feature film, 20th Century-Fox's The Robe is fine dramatic entertainment in its own right. Based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Richard Burton as the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 16, 1953
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The performances are consistently good.

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Time Out

Turgid direction, probably not helped by a necessarily cautious approach to framing, is married to creaky dialogue and stiff performances to render this of purely historical interest.

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Everything, including performances, is turned up to eleven, and what it lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in sheer spectacle.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Pious claptrap.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's hard to actively hate anything as deeply earnest as The Robe, but it is a long, tough sit.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Important historically as the first CinemaScope feature film.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Tthe mightiness of masses and the forms of heroes have never loomed so large as they do in this studied demonstration, projected by CinemaScope. But an unwavering force of personal drama is missed in the size and the length of the show.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Overblown melodramatic biblical nonsense.

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David Cornelius

Insufferably wooden.

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More reviews for The Robe

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A stunning visual spectacle that should be remembered only for being the first CinemaScope movie ever released, since the direction is clunky, the plot overlong… More
Brian R
35 percent on the tomato meter? You seriously got to be kidding me...I honestly felt "The Robe" was a fascinating picture and a great performance by… More
Cameron Johnson
Behold, people, a film so epic in scale that it introduced CinemaScope, which would be awesome, you know, if this film actually won Best Cinematography,… More
Constanza Boutter
The Robe is best remembered historically important as the first movie shot in Cinemascope. Grand and sweeping, the mere spectacle is enough to make it worth… More
John Ballantine
The often forgotten Biblical tale, The Robe is a "sequel" to the Passion and Richard Burton proves that he can easily out-Heston Heston in the story… More
Timothy O'Brien
When I first saw this film, I loved it. It was a perennial and I could not wait for Easter time to see it. Of course, in retrospect, as I drifted away from the… More