Based on 168 votes and 59 reviews
Really cheesy movie - slow and lacklustre. Should be called something else because it in know way compares to the original.
Excellent - loved how they incorporated the story of Jesus into this more than the original. Original hard to beat, but really enjoyed this version too.
Ben Hur is an outstanding adaptation of the classic novel and the 1950s movie that garnered as recall 11 Academy Awards the most ever won matched only by Titanic.. I found it to be an inspiring and action-packed story of love turned to hate between two brothers in ancient Jerusalem. How that hatred that almost destroyed them was transformed by a rising and mystical Messiah who threatened both the entire Roman Empire one brother fought for and the high status and beliefs of the other brother.. A moving message of the power of Love so needed in our world and nation so divided by hate and fear.
Boring, story is not interesting at all. The two main actors are good actors but the rest are not. Its a video!! If they want to make these remakes make good ones....money grab.
dud..dud..dud........should I say anymore..if there whas anything lesser than a one star rating.. it would get my vote
Very exciting movie! Good storyline!
Ha. The people with the truthful reviews won this one. 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a one star from me. This one sure will not be sitting beside my original copy.
I really enjoyed this movie....story was great.
Nice remake, better on the love angle but lacking on the rest of the film compared to the 1959 version.
Awesome remake it's a must see!!! I'll own this movie for sure, it will be right beside the original version.
I enjoyed it, but watched the 1959 version yesterday and it was much better. Even the color was better.
The action in the beginning was hard on my eyes. I had to turn away because I couldn't follow it It seemed to smooth out and not bother my eyes anymore, once I got used to it.
great re-make of a classic film.
Loved it! Exciting movie and an important life lesson as well!
Bad version, bad actors, no personality. Cheap movie. The best...Horses!
Great action scenes! Incredible story line.
very good movie-kept my interest all the way thru-the chariot race was awesome-im sure the 1 and 2 star ratings were from people who didnt even see the movie. i give it 4 stars
I had to see this movie since I am a fan of the 1959 classic. I'm satisfied with this remake. It was worth my time. Tottally recommended.
I attended the movie with two friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I have have seen the both previous versions and liked this much better.
This movie was much better than the 1959 in many ways - the story line - the battleship & chariot race scene - the fact Jesus shows up more - the ending showing forgiveness & a new hope - but I'm sure there are many who will think other wise but to bad for them!
Exciting, engaging and entertaining. Exceptional visual perception of the battle of ships, chariots, and brothers
PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.........THE WORST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN.......CHARLY MUST BE TURNING OVER IN HIS GRAVE.......sucks>>>>sucks
Wonderful movie & Beautiful ending
Loved it, have watched more than once. Gotta see it on the big screen for the visuals alone !
I agree it does have a slow start, but the chemistry between the two leads is so engaging, I didn't mind. I thought they did a good job of building up the suspense, actually. Good acting from Toby Kebbel and Jack Huston. Actually, pretty good acting all the way around. Stunning visuals, awesome ship battle and chariot race, and the Crucifixtion scene of Christ brought tears to my eyes. In fact, I cried through the whole last ten minutes of the movie. Brotherly love and forgiveness for the win !
We found it hard to see why this movie cost $100 Million to make. There is no comparison to the the original Ben-Hur and for those who never saw it I can see why you would give it 5 stars. One of the worst endings of a spectacle film in movie history. Camera pans down from the crucifixion of Jesus to the chariot race circus. There's more...
I really enjoyed it and my wife too. It deserves 5 stars. The story is compelling. The scenes with chariots are superb. The scene of the escape from the boat was awesome too. For me 1 star rates don't make any sense. There is just one scene where the camera was like moving with a dance but it was too short to take out a star only for that. I loved it!
enjoyed it overall; but handheld camera work annoyingly too jerky-flitty on close-ups; but long/wider shots better, as well as action scenes in race gave edge-of-seat thrills, realistic horse+chariot tumble-crashes. good storyline with ending more inline with a Christian message like the book rather than the old 1950's era hollywood movie.
Just finished watching this movie with 3 friends. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Read a few critiques reviews and wondered if they watched the same movie. The movie followed the original movie in many ways but with a surprise ending that we all loved. I seem to note lately that when critiques give a movie a bad rating and I watch it we are generally at opposite ends of the spectrum - they dislike it and I love it. Having said this it seems the others I was with came to the same conclusion for this movie. The story was well developed with good action scenes.
This Movie did a good job. But...the first 45 min. could have been done in 20 min...alot of the motions were like the camera was jerking...but still not bad..The chariot scene was really great..I would give this movie a 3.5 star...Still a good watch...
Here is my one-star for the movie. I believe I know where all the 5-star - or most of them - are coming from.
Morgan Freeman - best of his career. Did the popcorn have something on it? Or maybe it was free? Why don't the movie sponsors give us real people a break and leave it to us to put real comments about the movie here.
Great movie, I loved it !!
Astonishing! Morgan Freeman gives the performance of his career!
Loved it! It was a fast two hours. All the one star reviews make no sense to me.
I went to see ben hur and was looking to be disappointed because the trailer made the film look cheap it and when I saw it I like it as this was a remake was made really really really good, is it better than the classic ???? for me I would say no but it was worth seeing it on the big screen and I would go to see it again, my only beef would be the weak start, the flash backs on remembering and I hate the film poster as it made to make the movie look dumb, and don't listen to people giving it a one star their review doesn't reflex the film
very good movie the story line very well combined in the mix of matching time lines though out history good action war i enjoyed it a lot i give it 4 stars
My wife and I went to see this movie the day it was released. I had high hopes but they faded within the first 30 mins. This movie is unwatchable. The camera work didn't pull me in...it pushed me away because it was such a muddle visually. I thought movies today were made with steady cams not camera operators who are filming as if they were drunk. The action sequences had so much potential but the cameras were too close so what we saw was confusing and incoherent. The other big problem was with casting...apart from Morgan Freeman the other actors brought no presence to their roles. They were empty. A great story poorly portrayed.
It's worth my time, great story
I give it one star for a tiny bit of eye candy by the lead actor.
Good story. Great action.
I can't even give this movie 1 star! This was a truly idiotic idea to remake this classic movie. And as the 1959 version was filled with pathos for the characters, this remake was nothing more than a D-class action movie. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey did a wonderful job of producing The Bible for t.v., but they really struck out with this movie.
Pure junk and I haven't even seen it as yet. God with dreadlocks giving advice, sounds captivating.
Almost as good as the original! The chariot race is totally exciting, excellent, well done.
This was a great and modern retelling! Would love to see a remake of Citizen Kane starring Zac Efron.