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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

1959 biblical epic has fierce blood-spilling, cruelty.

Movie PG-13 1959 222 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

The Best Movie of All Time

I am a classic movie buff, have a Bachelors in Dramatic Art, and have collected over 1,000 fine movies. By far, of all the movies I have seen, which is easily over 2,000, Ben Hur 1959 with Charlton Heston, is my absolute favorite. It has everything anyone could want, incredible and incomparable live action, beautiful cinematography, heart-thumping romance, family bonds and tears, greed, generosity, heroism, dynamic acting, war, and even Jesus. When compared to other movies, including the Ten Commandments, which is my second favorite movie of all time, Ben Hur still comes out on top, all with no cussing.

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age 12+

Timeless production with one of the best ever actors in Charlton Heston and a great story line with a Biblical reference

Stirring timeless masterpiece that illustrates that bad things happen even to the best and most privelaged, and that it isn't the challenging conditions in life that determine your destiny but how you respond to them. Charlton Heston carrys the leading role with quality which makes it one of his best ever movies. Its great how the narrative of Ben Hur's life brings him to cross paths with the Saviour of the world when both are in the deepest depths of lifes struggles. Definately worth watching.

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Is It Any Good?

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For families with teens who can appreciate classic filmmaking and who aren't upset by blood-soaked action sequences and tension, this stunning film is highly recommended. Winning 11 Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor), Ben-Hur was as much a phenomenon as it was a movie. The extraordinary achievement of its action sequences (made without the high-tech special effects so customary years later) was thought to be matched by the film's human drama, its emotional impact, and the luminous performances of the actors, directors, writers, and crew. Does it hold up? At almost four hours in length, it's slow at times; some of the acting feels mannered and stiff; and, with few exceptions, the characters are either very good or very bad -- no nuance here. Still, it packs a punch.

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