• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 10, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 8 out of 18
  1. [It] is perilously close to Hollywood hokum, but manages to rise above it by featuring the ever-interesting Dougray Scott in the lead role of Moses.
  2. Holds its own against the 1956 classic.
  3. 63
    This new four-hour version... trims back the pageantry and tries for a degree of modern psychological realism. [17 Apr 2006, p.43]
  4. Despite such bloody activity, it's a long trudge through the desert to the Promised Land.
  5. 50
    Interesting take on the biblical story, but if you prefer your Moses as a nicer guy, may I suggest you skip tonight and tomorrow night's new epic and wait for the real Moses, Charlton Heston
  6. It becomes a bit tedious, which is something this story never should be. [14 Apr 2006, p.71]
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    50
    If Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 film was the Barnum & Bailey Big Tent version of the story of Exodus, this is the snippy little art house version - smarter (perhaps), a lot more accurate (perhaps) and indisputably duller.
  8. Reviewed by: Karen Carlin
    50
    Midway through night two, however, the action begins to drag.
  9. 50
    The Old Testament just shouldn't be this dull.
  10. 30
    Straightforward and earnest in its storytelling, it is weakened by unsubtle acting and an emotional temperature at times so overwrought as to border on spoken opera.
  11. 10
    It's a bore, bore, bore.
  12. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    10
    An oddly tedious affair.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    10
    This new version violates the primary commandment of epic filmmaking, biblical or otherwise: Thou shalt not bore.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    The acting generally ranges from over the top to flat-out bad.
  15. 10
    Portrayed by actor Dougray Scott, Moses is so lacking in leader-like charisma and confidence that he seems ready to break into tears at every sand dune.
  16. 0
    You might think that, considering the technical progress made in the past five decades, at least the special effects in the new version would be good. Oh you would be so wrong.

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