The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments (1956)

Based on the Holy Scriptures, with additional dialogue by several other hands, The Ten Commandments was the last film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story relates the life of Moses, from the time he was discovered in the bullrushes as an… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 5, 1956
DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bombastic and occasionally silly but extravagantly entertaining, Cecil B. DeMille's all-star spectacular is a muscular retelling of the great Bible story.

James Powers
Hollywood Reporter

There is no other picture like it. There will be none. If it could be summed up in a word, the word would be sublime. And the man responsible for that, when all is said and done is Cecil B. DeMille.

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Variety Staff

DeMille remains conventional with the motion picture as an art form. The eyes of the onlooker are filled with spectacle. Emotional tug is sometimes lacking.

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Emanuel Levy

DeMille's last film (he died in 1959) is also his biggest, most spectacular epic, excessive and lurid, displaying him as a showman--must see for Hollywood students

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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News

DeMille's direction of the action is superb and the various roles are played with feeling by a large and competent cast, headed by Charlton Heston.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

It's the gigantic vulgarity, the obsessive righteousness of the director himself, which keeps the show on the road and suffuses the movie with its daft power.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Stirring, even if it's as much showbiz as Bible.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

With a running time of nearly four hours, Cecil B. De Mille's last feature and most extravagant blockbuster is full of the absurdities and vulgarities one expects, but it isn't boring for a minute.

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Leonard Maltin

It seems as if some films are perpetually being restored, with each new version touted as better than the last. That said, I can assure you that the new DVD and Blu-ray edition of...


Bank holiday afternoon fare it might be, but DeMille's remake of his 1923 silent is a marvellous epic of the kind they don't make any more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Network television used to show this at least once a year, and always as AN EVENT. Cecil B. DeMille's swan song is a denunciation of the sinful life while… More
Mister Caple
This was Cecil B.De Mille's last theatrical feature,with a running time of nearly four hours(basically the running time of 3 hours and 40 minutes which… More
Alex roy
In the 1950's, big, bold ambitious epics were the norm, The Ten Commandments being one of the most famous films of the era, I quite enjoyed the film, but… More
Sajin P A
A ceremonious 4 star. Watching the Red-sea parting sequence, you just cant stop wondering how they achieved that, with the kind of technology they had in the… More
Mark Hobin
The Ten Commandments is certainly extravagant. It was the most expensive film ever made up to that point. All exterior shots were actually photographed on… More
Richard C
I was bored through most of this. Its so long and cheesy. I know its old and I enjoyed parts of it but I was falling asleep by the end of it but come on its… More