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The Ten Commandments

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

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

Movie G 1956 219 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 8+


I like watching Christian movies because it's got meaning. my grandmother she a Christian she read's bible for and my brothers kids.thats why I like to read the bible with my families.
age 5+

The Best Of Classics (1 of 2)

I have watched 20+ classics ranging from 1923 - 1965, and of all of them, only 2 have "stood the test of time". This solid classic is one of my two most favourite classics. Here you'll see the greatest book-to-film adaptation of the Biblical (historical) narrative, in a 3+ hr video; a memorable soundtrack, accompanied by quality dialogue, brilliant acting, proper action scenes (people/animals were injured/died if they messed up) and decent VFX for its time - SO IT WAS FILMED, SO IT SHALL BE WATCHED.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

If you can get past the melodrama and the length of the movie, it's worth experiencing this elaborate retelling of a great story. A long-running theatrical hit and traditional network TV airing every year at Passover/Easter, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is so burned into viewer consciousness it's practically impossible to separate its images from the Bible and Torah narratives. Remember that, however inspired by the divine it might be, this was a Hollywood movie, a high point in a number of "Bible epics" filmed at a time when the movie industry was fearful of competition from television. The aim for epic-specialist director Cecil B. DeMille, thus, became BIG films for theaters, so BIG and IMPORTANT that TV couldn't rival it. God's lawgiver was judged to be sufficiently big.

Drawbacks for the home viewers: First that you should watch The Ten Commandments on a widescreen setup to get the full visual impact of the vast sets, color, f/x, and pageantry DeMille oversaw. In the "full-screen" version the image is constrained, the dramatics sometimes stagey and stiff. Keep in mind that while the basic narrative sticks to the Bible, Hollywood scriptwriters filled in the blanks with romantic-triangle melodrama, material from at least three novels about Moses, and a silent-era version of The Ten Commandments also directed by DeMille.

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