Tacky and Heartless, 'Ben Hur' Remake Shows Classics Should Be Left Untouched

The direction is uninspired, the script lacks a subtext, the two lead actors are appallingly anemic, and even the vaunted chariot race disappoints.

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The entertainment industry media is busy trying to figure out what caused the colossal flop of the remake of “Ben-Hur.” (The production budget was about $100 million, not including PR and marketing, but the...