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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 37

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Metascore
93

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. 70
    The film was hugely successful and widely praised in its time, though it's really nothing more than the old C.B. De Mille formula of titillation and moralizing--Roman orgies and Christian martyrs--with only a fraction of De Mille's showmanship.
  2. 100
    The movie is made with boundless energy. Fellini stood here at the dividing point between the neorealism of his earlier films (like "La Strada") and the carnival visuals of his extravagant later ones ("Juliet of the Spirits," "Amarcord'').
  3. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther
    100
    A brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay and, eventually, a withering commentary upon the tragedy of the overcivilized. (Review of Original Release)