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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: 26 out of 106
  2. Negative: 43 out of 106
  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 20, 2014
    8
    First of all, I’m Christian. Nevertheless, simply because Exodus: Gods & Kings strays a bit from the Biblical account doesn’t mean I’m goingFirst of all, I’m Christian. Nevertheless, simply because Exodus: Gods & Kings strays a bit from the Biblical account doesn’t mean I’m going to dismiss it. Us religious people shouldn’t be so seemingly harsh on E:G&K, because it kind of paints us in a bad light. (Ex: religious fanatics can’t tolerate the slightest bit of change!) Now, because so many hate on the film due to its differences with the Bible, I’m going to discuss what’s different.

    Early on in E:G&K, Moses is depicted as an experienced warrior with a sword. He later displays conflicted feelings, argues with God, and questions the severity of the plagues God inflicts on Egypt. Unlike the Bible, in E:G&K, Moses isn’t slow of speech and slow of tongue and doesn’t have his brother Aaron as his spokesperson. Unlike the movie, Moses is portrayed in the Bible as a “a quiet but firm shepherd--one who delivered his people from slavery with a staff and God’s plagues, not an Egyptian sword.” In the movie, Moses and his generals (who lead their own makeshift army) at one point prepare to hold-off the first wave of Pharaoh’s army. But Moses never created a Hebrew fighting force to combat the Egyptians.**E:G&K also shows its antagonist, Ramses, in a positive and humane light. (It should be noted that the ruling Pharaoh during the time of Exodus is never named in the Scriptures.) He is shown to refuse letting the Israelites go partly because he “doesn’t believe that Egypt could survive the loss of its primary labor force”—the enslaved Israelites. E:G&K shows “the challenges of Ramses’ predicament: the Egyptian gods were not responding–while the Hebrew god was terrorizing the Egyptian people with one terrifying and deadly plague after another.” He was probably torn and conflicted over what he should do. Later, Ramses doesn’t decide to chase after the Israelites and Moses until after his dead baby (killed by God in the final plague) is being mummified and placed in its coffin.**In E:G&K, God leaves Moses on his own; he lets Moses make most of the decisions, and he doesn’t offer much in the way of advice and guidance. In the Scriptures, Moses is instructed by God what to do, and he and Aaron actively are a part of the Plagues (sometimes beginning them). In the Bible, the 10 Plagues are shown as separate, God-derived events but in the movie they are shown to be connected to each other in a series of (slightly improbable, yet supposedly more ‘realistic’) events with a cause-and-effect relationship. When Moses and the Hebrews arrive at a seemingly dead end (trapped between Ramses’ army and the Red Sea), Moses throws his sword in the sea in anger and frustration-and the water then begins to recede because of this. The Israelites are afraid but show faith and follow Moses. Moses and Pharaoh both never are assaulted by a big wave in the climax of the parting of the Red Sea, only for both to survive. Moses leaves Egypt unscathed, and the Pharaoh dies by drowning.

    Despite these changes, I don’t believe that this is some deeply offensive Hollywood abomination--it’s just a movie adaptation of a novel. And with most adaptations, changes are made to help the movie become a smoother (more slick and streamlined) cinematic tale. “Viewers at extreme ends of the audience (those hoping for a close adaptation or a drastic reimagining) may find that Scott has either taken too many or not enough liberties with the events of Exodus.” Me? If he was going to adapt it, I wouldn’t want something exactly the same as something I’ve already read. I’d want some new material that is within the spirit of the text source. I’d want changes made that make things a little different and interesting, yet nothing that completely changes the whole theme/idea of the text. The movie has nice CGI, and the scenery/costumes are great. I personally think they could’ve cast more people who weren’t white and still get the movie financed. (Scott said it would’ve been impossible to make the film with mostly black actors and get the film financed, but I think that’s BS.) Despite it’s long run time, almost all the characters in the film are somewhat one-dimensional. The actors do fine but high-profile acting talent is wasted, and G&K’s biggest problem is that there isn’t enough character development. The fact that Moses and Ramses grew up as brothers yet turn on each other so quickly isn’t believable. The 2nd biggest problem is that E: G&K is way too dark, moody, and gory/violent all the time--for what should be an awe-inspiring tale of hope. Yet, I like that Scott depicted the events of Exodus in a cynical, realistic way as he tried to get viewers to challenge their perceptions of the events of Exodus. E:G&K’s “storyline is mostly in step with the fundamental message and themes of the Hebrew scriptures–but placing added emphasis on Moses’ personal doubts and the horror of God’s violent crusade to punish the Egyptians. E: G&K is a tale of relatable faith in a world where things aren’t black and white.”
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  3. Dec 12, 2014
    6
    The uninspiring story and mediocre cast may deter many however, the excellent CGI effects are the only thing going for it. Boring unoriginalThe uninspiring story and mediocre cast may deter many however, the excellent CGI effects are the only thing going for it. Boring unoriginal direction and character development, defiantly worth a skip! If you like mother natural and animals tearing **** up this is your moneys worth! 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 12, 2015
    0
    Exodus: God and Kings - DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS MOVIE
    If you are a seeker of truth, the only complete truth you will find in
    Exodus: God and Kings - DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS MOVIE
    If you are a seeker of truth, the only complete truth you will find in the movie is that Moses was a Hebrew! Had they taken the time to truly be inspired by the account in the Bible or Torah, it could have been an epic film. It could have left the audience in awe. It could have become a classic that surpassed the “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston! Instead, they hired writers Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine and Steven Zaillian to provide you with a fictional story that reduced God to a dirty boy who looked to be ten or so and Moses to an inapt man who willfully question and angrily confronted Him.
    God is Mighty, Majestic, Creator, and an amazing Deliverer! Read the true account in the Book of Exodus! You can find it at biblegateway.
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