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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 42
  2. Negative: 9 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Dec 11, 2014
    100
    As a fictional, big-budget, 3-D, epic interpretation of Moses’ journey, Exodus: Gods and Kings is spectacular.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Dec 10, 2014
    75
    Is it possible to sit through a movie, mentally cataloging its absurdities, and still walk out dazzled? Because that pretty much sums up my experience watching Ridley Scott's eye-candy spectacle Exodus: Gods and Kings, an over-the-top Old Testament epic that's essentially Gladiator with God.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 11, 2014
    63
    How you respond to the totality of Exodus: Gods and Kings will, I suspect, relate directly to how you responded to Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" from 2010. Square, a little heavy on its feet, much of that film held me, even when its bigness trumped its goodness. Same with this one.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Dec 11, 2014
    50
    Scott loses the humanity amid all the gods and kings. The setpieces, however, elevate the film around them.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 12, 2014
    50
    At 2 1/2 hours, the movie is actually too short to adequately tell the full tale (The Ten Commandments is 70 minutes longer) but that doesn't prevent Scott from presenting multiple, seemingly endless scenes of people crossing deserts.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 12, 2014
    42
    As an action spectacular, Exodus is on par with Scott's other forays into ancient times, "Gladiator" and "Kingdom of Heaven." But as a believable human drama, much less a worthy exploration of Judaism's origins, it falls flat.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 10, 2014
    20
    This eye-rollingly bad movie is silly, sluggish and miscast.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 102
  2. Negative: 43 out of 102
  1. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    Usually I give fair reviews, but since people are tanking the scores because it doesn't follow a Biblical story properly, I'm giving it a 10.Usually I give fair reviews, but since people are tanking the scores because it doesn't follow a Biblical story properly, I'm giving it a 10. As a Christian, I want to spite all the other Christians that forget that Hollywood is Hollywood, and that Ridley Scott only does epic death and not much else. The only surprise here is that Russell Crowe wasn't tapped for the lead role. I'm rooting for this movie to tear it up this season, if for no other reason than to piss off the close-minded r-tards that can't take a joke and forbid a little dancing. Cheers! Expand
  2. Dec 12, 2014
    8
    Exodus is a grand and complex new interpretation of the story of the Hebrews and their exodus from Egypt by legendary director Ridley Scott,Exodus is a grand and complex new interpretation of the story of the Hebrews and their exodus from Egypt by legendary director Ridley Scott, known for films such as 'Alien' (1979), 'Blade Runner' (1982), 'Gladiator' (2000), 'Black Hawk Down' (2001) and 'Prometheus' (2012). The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses.

    'Exodus' breaks new ground in its depiction of epic landscapes and the glory of architecture. Ancient Egypt is reconstructed before our eyes with vast CGI vistas of pyramids and temples populated by thousands of ant-like workers. The audience truly has God's view of this panoply, looking down from above at one of the world's mightiest and most ancient civilizations. Likewise, we are given breathtaking views of mountains and the desert landscapes of Egypt as Moses wanders, first as a outcast, then as a leader of his people into the unknown wilderness. Special attention is given to the sea floor of the Red Sea as special effects wizardry reveals what lies beneath the waves as God rolls back the tides for the Hebrews.

    The drama of the epic is centered around the two personalities of Moses, the adopted Egyptian prince and his natural-born brother Ramesses, the incipient Pharaoh. Bale turns in a dedicated and focused portrayal of a reluctant messiah induced by God, in the persona of a 7-year-old boy, to lead his people out of slavery. I found Joel Edgerton's Ramesses to be much more interesting. He interprets the young pharaoh as a brash, bullying, but shrewd man, born to the purple. His performance hearkens back to that of Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in 'Gladiator', and exceeds it in power and depth. Edgerton projects a sort of visceral sense of entitlement that brings the pharaoh to life. John Turturro plays referee to two princes as the wise elder pharaoh, Seti.

    The main weakness of the film is that the lack of action makes the two-and-a-half hour running time seem very drawn out. Part of the problem is the faithfulness to the long biblical narrative, and the other part is weak-willed editing. For example, there is a long sequence in which Moses wanders in the wilderness, encounters a bedouin community, marries a woman and has a child, all of which could have been safely omitted from the film. Moses' interactions with the ghetto-like Hebrew slave community in Memphis is also written and edited in a somewhat ham-handed manner, leaving actor Ben Kingsley, playing a Hebrew elder, with the raw end of the script.

    The costumes and scenery of the film are a high point that set a new standard for depiction of the ancient world, going far beyond even Gladiator in their detail and authenticity. The razor-sharp cinematography and moody lighting combine to give the film a fine-art feel, like a Ruisdael painting come to life.

    Overall, 'Exodus' is a rich and complex film that provides a valuable new re-telling of the Hebrew mythos.
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  3. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Underdeveloped plot threads and overstayed welcome aside, "Exodus: Gods And Kings" nevertheless entertains with its sweeping scale andUnderdeveloped plot threads and overstayed welcome aside, "Exodus: Gods And Kings" nevertheless entertains with its sweeping scale and relatively admirable stab at the epic tale of Moses and the Israelites. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2015
    4
    Looks great and is well directed but that's about it. The movie being so white washed is a big issue through out the film and sort ofLooks great and is well directed but that's about it. The movie being so white washed is a big issue through out the film and sort of insulting considering where it takes place. That being said, What really tanks it is the painfully slow plot and overly long run time. It simply ruins the movie. If you can sit through the 2 and a half hours then you have some outstanding patience. Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2015
    3
    Possibly Ridley Scott's worst movie. The story and performance of the Prince of Egypt animated movie was actually far superior to this.Possibly Ridley Scott's worst movie. The story and performance of the Prince of Egypt animated movie was actually far superior to this. Ridley's rendition of the story wasn't bad but the overall feel and performances of the movie didn't convince me. It's forgiveable that Biblical movies are almost never going to be 100% accurate due to interpretation or style of director; they may want to focus on some other aspect of the story. There were some parts that weren't bad and the performances were very strong. But it didn't feel consistent. From the trailers, the casting already looked odd. But I thought maybe it shouldn't be that bad after I watch it. I was wrong. After finally watching it was horrible and the characters were unconvincing. The acting wasn't that bad but it didn't match the epicness of a movie like this. It was a good twist to use a child playing "a messenger of God". The kid is talented and has a lot of potential for a kid actor but didn't quite feel right in a movie like this.
    Christian Bale's performance was better than I expected. Although, I think it would be more powerful if he attached a bit more of Moses' character. Moses actually wasn't a great speaker (he stuttered) and I don't even think he was a general from what I recall. Also, one part that seemed to stand out was his accent didn't seem consistent throughout the movie (especially noticeable in the first dialogue with the "viceroy"). Overall, it didn't have quite an epic feel as I would have expected from Ridley. The effects were good...the cinematography captured some of the essence of that era. But overall it wasn't a keeper. Maybe it's just me, but I'm a big Ridley Scott fan....and just being too harsh. Not his best work anyways.
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  6. Dec 13, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. To rewrite the Bible is spiritually expensive. No hollywood budget can afford the wrath to pay leading folks to believe this is the story of Moses, because its not. I walked out as i watched moses chisel the tablets while some creepy little boy poured tea. Need i say more? Expand
  7. Jan 11, 2015
    0
    Just horrible.
    The "kid" is as creepy as possible.
    I say stick to the original story. No need to reinvent a perfect plot. Extremly
    Just horrible.
    The "kid" is as creepy as possible.
    I say stick to the original story. No need to reinvent a perfect plot.
    Extremly dissapointing. One of the worst remakes in film history!
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