Ben-Hur 1959

Critics score:
88 / 100

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Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times: If we later came to realize that movies could be a whole lot better than Ben-Hur, that still doesn't detract from the enjoyment the film still provides. Read more

Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Mr. Wyler and his money-free producers have smartly and effectively laid stress on the powerful and meaningful personal conflicts that are strong in this old heroic tale. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: The MGM production is a lavish, colorful spectacle that will linger long in the eye of the beholder. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Entire new frontiers in boredom were opened up by this MGM whopper from 1959. Read more

TIME Magazine: The biggest and the best of Hollywood's super-spectacles. Read more

Scott Meek, Time Out: The movie could be trying to say that for some people religion is an escape from their sexuality, but it seems unlikely. Read more

Ronald Holloway, Variety: A majestic achievement, representing a superb blending of the motion picture arts by master craftsmen. Read more