Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics What's this?

User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 198 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
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.

See all 42 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 81
  2. Negative: 37 out of 81
  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.
    Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2015
    7
    How'd I know the reviews for this movie would be a religious **** I'm going to put all my religious biases aside and try not take offense fromHow'd I know the reviews for this movie would be a religious **** I'm going to put all my religious biases aside and try not take offense from the Biblical and historical mishaps on the directors behalf. The acting was great, the CGI looked incredible. Stretching 2 and a half hours long I questioned if I would get bored or distracted as I do with most long movies. This sadly was the base briefly. This was a solid movie. However nothing blew me out the water, asides from the CGI. Which should be expected with a $140 million dollar budget. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The visual elements in Exodus: Gods and Kings (cinematography, art design, and CGI) are competently executed (the sequence with the plagues is a standout). Unfortunately, I get the impression that the movie had several scenes cut for commercial purposes. What makes the Moses story so captivating is that it's about a love-hate relationship between two brothers, an aspect that wasn't explored with much depth. I never felt Moses and Ramses grew up together since they always acted like enemies when they were in each other's presence. The latter being portrayed as a one-dimensional cartoon villain doesn't help much to the cause either. The characters' motivations don't always make sense (E.g: Moses claims to care about the Egyptians, yet he orders his men to burn their food supplies), and their development is rushed (E.g: Moses accepts his fate as a prophet too easily).

    The acting is fine, which would normally be a compliment, but keeping in mind we have the likes of Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul and Ben Kingsley (the latter three are criminally underused), it comes off as a disappointment. But they're not to blame, the fault relies on the paper-thin script they had to work with. Bale however has his moments, and achieved to project his trademark gravitas into Moses. You buy him as an imposing leader and a morally torn prophet.

    Another major problem was God's characterization, which had the subtlety of a Super Bowl commercial. Instead of being a mysterious voice of reason, he's a hateful brat throwing tantrums. I often wondered, why is Moses following his instructions?

    Ridley Scott couldn't quite figure out how to handle the religious elements. He tried to please religious and non-religious people alike by mixing realistic explanations (and the suggestion that Moses might be insane) wih mystical tones (the death of the firstborns is supposed to be taken as granted, unlike the other plagues, which are supported with science). It's more confusing than ambiguous.

    I hope there is a director's cut out there that makes Exodus: Gods and Kings the great movie that didn't make it into the theaters. As it stands now, it keeps the Ridley Scott tradition of the last 15 years: astonishing visuals undermined by disjointed and pointless storytelling.
    Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2014
    2
    Scott going through the motions yet again. Prometheus was so lazy it was an insult, so is this monument to a huge budget CGI and a directorScott going through the motions yet again. Prometheus was so lazy it was an insult, so is this monument to a huge budget CGI and a director with the attention span of a 3 year old. Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2014
    1
    I won't be running to a movie without first reading whether an atheist wrote it. It was so biblically incorrect in so many ways. I satI won't be running to a movie without first reading whether an atheist wrote it. It was so biblically incorrect in so many ways. I sat waiting to see things happen (which never did) but saw things happen in the movie that aren't biblically. Left me scratching my head, like HUH? It made as much sense as watching a ballerina try to play football in her tutu 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!
    Expand

See all 81 User Reviews

Trailers

Showtimes

To get showtimes near you, enter your zip code.