Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) is a rebellious slave purchased by Lentulus Batiatus (Peter Ustinov), owner of a school for gladiators. For the entertainment of corrupt Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus ... read more
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
Stats: 3,038 reviews
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November 5, 2012
Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus is a defining classic that has withstood the test of time. Brilliantly acted and directed, this is one of the best epics that combines action, drama and romance. This is a stunning work of cinematic genius that is a must see for cinema fans of all ages...
August 9, 2012
A seminal classic of sorts. One that is of true, simple story about injustice, the absurd and of freedom. Quite the riveting movie with the fitting mood and atmosphere and elegant drama to drive its archetypal hero. It's both tragic and triumphant, and bravely courageous.
July 27, 2012
An early Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. Dispite doesn't present very much the style of the filmmaker. Fresh.
July 1, 2012
While it is true that Kubrick never considered this to truly be one of his films, mostly because he didn't have full creative control, and it was primarily a labor of love for producer and star Kirk Douglas (who had the most control over things, including hiring Kubrick), there's...
May 5, 2012
Spartacus is like most Kirk Douglas vanity projects, only this time, it's longer, more overwrought, and wholly self-righteous. Douglas didn't get the lead in Ben-Hur, he pouted, and bought the film rights to Howard Fast's novel himself so he can be in an epic too. What a petulant...
November 18, 2011
While not the Kubrickian spectacle I was hoping for, a spectacle none the less. While it suffers from a ham fisted performance by Douglas and moments of nauseating sentiment, it also thrives on some well crafted battle scenes. This film feels big and I got to hand it to a young K...
October 27, 2011fb1664868775
Kubrick steps into a new realm for his most epic film.
August 12, 2011fb100000257973100
Hmm. Now this is a rather odd film for Kubrick to have directed. I mean, I know that he was known for directing all sorts of genres during his career, but for him to direct this 3 hour epic in the early stages of his career, I must say that I am impressed. Okay, I guess that some...
April 6, 2011
A very sweeping and dazzling epic with great acting moments, dazzling cinematography, and a great director in training. I feel like Braveheart is an echo of this film as it plays almost entirely the same way. Maybe Mel Gibson had this movie in mind, or maybe Randal Wallace did....
December 21, 2010
HOLY LONGNESS. Maybe this was made as an offering to the Roman god of LONG FILMS. I, to be perfectly honest, found it fantastically boring. But I did like Tony Curtis. Even though he still spoke from New York. Bless the man. And I did like Charles Laughton as well as Peter Ustino...
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