Forgetting you’re watching Paul Newman indicates the quality of both the acting and the writing. Though it’s three and a half hours long, it never drags. Exodus is well done and engrossing, but hard to evaluate simply on its merits as film. Having no obligation to do that, I can just say it’s a very good movie that could not appear on tv today unaccompanied by howls of protest. People might complain there are elements of propaganda in Exodus, but the real complaint would be that it’s mostly (though not exclusively or simplistically) pro-Israel propaganda. Hollywood has always made and continues to make both entertainment and propaganda, but they’ve changed sides since 1960.