Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

New take on classic tale has intense action, few surprises.

PG-13 2016 141 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 8+

Amazing story of revenge vs. Forgiveness

My wife and I loved this movie. It tells the story of a man who is fighting for revenge but is also learning what forgiveness means even in the face of great tribulation entrance. There is suffering and heartache but the power of forgiveness can conquer anything. There are glimpses of Jesus' life and his powerful message that or seen by Judah-Ben Hur and eventually take hold in his life. We could all do well to learn from this movie and the message it brings.

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Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Below the mark of a Christian based film

Although I appreciate the Downey's hitting mainstream media with biblically based films (MUCH needed considering the trash Hollywood is producing) this remake misses the mark. "Jesus" makes a few appearances displaying His compassion and the very end has His crucifixion, but there is no clear evidence of the gospel message. You really had to know what you were looking for to capture it. This was a brutal film from the original to this remake. Families can certainly talk of pride, envy, competition and how love and forgiveness can overcome it, but that's about it. There are so many other bible stories to make epic movies with that would offer more dialogue to biblical truths.

This title has:

Too much violence

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