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The A.V. Club

The Wyler film?s rousing chariot sequence?filmed separately and at lavish expense by Andrew Marton and Yakima Canutt, one of the greatest stuntmen who ever lived ? is hard to beat. But Bekmambetov acquits himself nicely, offering up a loud and vicious circular chase, with point-of-view shots of people getting hit by chariots as armored Romans scamper around like rodeo clowns.

Read review Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The Wrap

This 'Ben-Hur' may not be an epic fail, but its steady stream of shortcomings are certainly a cautionary journey for anybody with the hubris to try and rebuild the monuments of movies past.

Read review Robert Abele

Minus a hero who has the macho charisma to wrap a movie around him like he owned it, the new 'Ben-Hur' is an oddly lackluster affair.

Read review Owen Gleiberman
The Hollywood Reporter

Misguided, diminished and dismally done in every way, this late-summer afterthought will richly earn the distinction of becoming the first 'Ben-Hur' in any form to flop.

Read review Todd McCarthy