Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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The second Biblical epic to be turned into a musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, this box-office disappointment recounts the last week in the life of Jesus Christ in rock-opera format and from the surprising point of view of Christ's betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Carl Anderson stars as Judas, who has begun to believe that Jesus (Ted Neeley) has sold out and started buying into the mythology that's quickly springing up around him. Particularly disturbing to Judas is the
Aug 17, 1973 Wide
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Despite the 'impressive' desert locations and an array of tanks (to represent the ills of modern militarism), it's still staged like a student revue.
Jewison, a director of large talent, has taken a piece of commercial shlock and turned it into a Biblical movie with dignity.
Yvonne Elliman is electrifying as Mary Magdalene, and Carl Anderson couldn't have been better as Judas; but Ted Neeley as Jesus is more whiny than heroic.
If it weren't for Lost Horizon, this would have gone down in history as the Worst Musical of 1973.
Flawed, but still worthwhile film of the show.
Overall: Some good songs, some interesting choreography, and some utterly forgotten actors.
Like a baptism by fire, Jesus Christ Superstar rarely leaves the viewer in lukewarm waters
Ted Neeley is great but the film never rises to the material.
Jesus Christ Superstar makes a better musical than a movie.
Audience Reviews for Jesus Christ Superstar
- Pontius Pilate: I wash my hands of your demolition. Die, if you want to. You innocent puppet!
- Jesus Christ: Think while you still have me. Move while you still see me. You'll be lost, and you'll be sorry when I'm gone.
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