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  • Summary: Experience the extraordinary tale of two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth ultimately sets them at odds, as one becomes the ruler ofExperience the extraordinary tale of two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth ultimately sets them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth and the other, the chosen leader of his people. Their final confrontation changes their lives - and the world - forever. (DreamWorks LLC) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 100
    Prince Of Egypt is epic storytelling on the grandest scale. Big imagery, big themes, big emotions - all met head-on and accomplished triumphantly within a film that is in essence a live action movie - more precisely a Steven Spielberg live action movie - writ cartoon.
  2. 88
    Overall, it's a story of triumph and adventure - of oppression ended and freedom begun.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Everything we love about biblical-movie kitsch is here, only concentrated and heightened.
  4. If nothing else it's a wonderful essay on the meaning of freedom and the courage it takes to wrestle it from despots. In that sense, it feels more political and cultural than religious.
  5. Even in an animated feature, visuals alone, no matter how successful, are not enough. And despite having this sturdy biblical tale to work with, despite being faithful enough to the spirit of the story to please a wide swath of scholars and theologians, the creators of Prince of Egypt have been unable to relate it in a completely compelling way.
  6. As a rule, the drawn and computer-animated imagery is top notch and seamlessly integrated, but the central characters' tawny complexions and the often chiaroscuro lighting sometimes obscure all but the whites of their eyes and their pearl-perfect teeth.
  7. 30
    Middlebrow kitsch, but kitsch straining for respectability and therefore without the energy that can make kitsch entertaining.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    This is one of best animated films of all time. This is definitely the greatest Dreamworks movie ever. The animation in this movie has notThis is one of best animated films of all time. This is definitely the greatest Dreamworks movie ever. The animation in this movie has not been matched by any 2D animated movie since. The story is one you know from the Charlton Heston movie but told in a very distinct way. The music in this movie is absolutely powerful. The open sequence in this movie is one of the most powerful and emotional openings of any animated feature ever. Even if you are not religious or spiritual you will defiantly enjoy this film at least for beauty and emotion. Expand
  2. Jan 15, 2014
    10
    The Prince of Egypt is probably my favourite animated film growing up. It's very hard to put an existing story into film and making itThe Prince of Egypt is probably my favourite animated film growing up. It's very hard to put an existing story into film and making it appealing to most people, but this movie nails it in every way. The songs, the image, the plot, all work together extremely well, and you can see the emotion of the characters and their ambitions. It may be a bit too serious and you can't see if it's for adults, teens or kids, but, hey, it's a timeless movie. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    it is very hard to describe how good this movie was. from the way the songs were made to how well and accurately it puts events together whileit is very hard to describe how good this movie was. from the way the songs were made to how well and accurately it puts events together while it entertains is amazing 4.8 stars Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2013
    8
    The Prince of Egypt is an enjoyable film. While it may lack the numerous characters and complex story that Ten Commandments has or the talentThe Prince of Egypt is an enjoyable film. While it may lack the numerous characters and complex story that Ten Commandments has or the talent of Charles Heston as Moses, the film does offer some awesome music and epic moments that Ten Commandments does not have. This is a film that I think people will enjoy just as long as they do not compare it to the Ten Commandents. It is an enjoyable film that I will probably see again in the near future. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Dreamworks' "The Prince of Egypt" retells the Book of Moses in a colourful animation that is easy to understand and fun to watch. Moses, a Hebrew raised as an arrogant, pompous Egyptian prince, discovers his true identity as a young adult and leaves the place he once called home. He starts a family before God comes to him and tells him that it is up to him to save his people from their status as slaves to the Egyptians. He eventually succeeds, after using God's power to unleash plagues on to the Egyptians after their Pharaoh, Moses' adoptive brother Ramses, initially refuses.

    A good thing about this movie is the way that it tells the story of Moses with accuracy, with only a few minor changes, like Moses finding out about his true identity through an encounter with his true sister Miriam and brother Aaron, who are working as slaves, while in the Bible it states that "But when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren". With the little minor changes, it still tells the story of Moses but also adapted so that younger children may watch it without getting bored.

    The character development, especially those of Moses and Rameses, is evident throughout the film. Before realizing his true identity, Moses was a selfish, arrogant prince who frequently caused chaos and distress to his own people for fun. Rameses was a good boy who wanted nothing but to please his father, and that somehow stayed true to the end of the movie, even though his intentions became so twisted that he attempted to commit genocide of an entire race, including a man who he grew up with as a brother.

    I think that the directors of the movie, Brenda Chapman, Simon Wells, and Steve Hickner did a wonderful job with this movie, especially with the beautiful animations and the added soundtrack. It is perfect for all audiences, including young children, whether for entertainment or for learning about the Bible. I would recommend this movie to anyone interested.
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  6. Dec 15, 2014
    8
    A very good re-telling of the amazing story of Exodus and Moses' trials to free the hebrew slaves from Egypt and the overpowering Tyranny fromA very good re-telling of the amazing story of Exodus and Moses' trials to free the hebrew slaves from Egypt and the overpowering Tyranny from the Pharoah, Ramasses. The animation, voice acting, and humor will please the whole family. Expand
  7. Feb 9, 2016
    2
    I expected a lot better, to say the least. Prince of Egypt is decently animated, but serves as a sparknotes version of the Biblical story thatI expected a lot better, to say the least. Prince of Egypt is decently animated, but serves as a sparknotes version of the Biblical story that not only is far too quick, but it is a shallow adaptation at best that misses many key elements of the story. Even worse, it changes many of them and the story itself resembles very little of the actual Biblical tale. Now, this is not truly a sin on its own because of course it is changed, but the changed story is far too kid-oriented and feels far too often like a bad kids cartoon that adults hate in numbers. There are a few good sequences, such as the burning bush sequence, but you would be far better off just watching The Ten Commandments if you want to watch a film version of the Book of Exodus. Everything is borderline comical and the fast pace and the way it just skims through the story are incredibly annoying and, if you do not know the story, hard to follow. Overall, The Prince of Egypt misses the mark by about 40 years. Expand

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