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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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June 30, 2014
very good songs but honestly, it could wait for at least 10 years to become a better movie
April 20, 2014
It's hard to believe that Norman Jewison's film before this was FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The film is kind of a mess but it's certainly not boring.
March 29, 2013
One of the few biblical movies that is easy to sit through. This film does what many others don't dare to do: makes the story of Jesus Christ fun.
July 2, 2012
Despite its trippy adaptation to film, I religiously (ha) watch JCS every Good Friday, and hum the songs all year round. Carl Anderson is hauntingly terrific.
March 25, 2014
This is NOT the film adaptation that the hit musical deserves. Not only are many of the vocal performances fairly weak, the staging is a bit awkward. The film never takes full advantage of the fact that it isn't restricted to a single stage. It just kinda stays in one location, even though there's so much potential for grand set pieces.
Dominic C.
February 26, 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar is an exciting and fun view of the bible that is filled with a good cast and catchy songs. Props for creating a Judas who is somewhat sympathetic. The only thing that's a flaw is the anachronisms of the modern vision seem a bit incosistent, as it''s modern weapons, but old housing.
February 9, 2014
Excellent musical film Jesus of Nazareth, Judas and Mary Magdalene as protagonists figures presented with a very unique and interesting view from the theological point of view, among others. By the mouth of Judas, Jesus is likewise admired and criticized. By Mary Magdalene, Jesus is sensually loved and humanized. If not the best, the most unique of all musical ever shot. To see what other movie forty lashes used to make music.
Ayella
October 2, 2010
Well acted and incredibly well sung, this movie is one of my all time favourites. I'm not a Christian. Still Jesus Christ Superstar has had a profound influence on my life, since I first saw it, age three.
geofry11
November 4, 2013
The ending was predictable.
October 29, 2013
A perfect representation of the mentality, questioning, look and simplicity of the 70s. You can't mention the 70s without Jesus Christ Superstar.
October 6, 2013
The music is fantastic but the acting not so much. I'd rather just listen to the CD.
October 3, 2013
Although it is one of the strangest musicals I have seen, I quite enjoyed the oddities such as mixing modern elements with the time of Christ and the rock and roll feel to the music, all while still respecting the source. The film also features some truly outstanding vocal talent with special mention to Carl Anderson as Judas. That man has one of the best voices I have ever heard and can truly sing.
The Critic
September 3, 2013
Norman Jewison's screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's immensely popular, enduring and controversial 1971 Broadway musical sticks close to its source material and generally carries the gusto that one would expect from a stage production. With most of the principle players having contributed to the story on the boards, it's little surprise that the song and dance numbers are pretty much flawless here.

Jewison handles the friendship and conflict between Jesus (Ted Neeley) and Judas (Carl Anderson) with care, Yvonne Elliman is engaging as Mary Magdalene and Josh Mostel embodies King Herod quite nicely (though his song 'Try It and See' lacks the energy that it demands).

Visually, this is very much a product of its time, but its themes and the power of its story will continue to resonate. An overall competent and absorbing film.
September 1, 2013
The first musical visualized i ever saw, and i was not disappointed
August 1, 2013
Great songs, well sung by fantastic performers. See Les Mis? See what happens when you get singers?
Film  Fanatic
July 10, 2013
Best Rock Opera to date......From the 70's
xtracaf
June 13, 2013
I've seen this movie I don't know how many times and I still love it. Personally I despise religion but I know every song by heart.
June 11, 2013
Everyone's heard of the stage musical, but how many have seen the 1973 movie version? This was surprisingly bagged by some critics, but the movie version has fantastic locations, is powerful and atmospheric, and of course the songs are classics. Great entertainment!
June 3, 2013
Surprisingly a quite enjoyable movie. While the storyline did not particularly emphasize the religious aspects of this topic that much, it provided a decent basis of understanding of certain historical events and gave a modern twist to a tale as old as time.
Spencer S

Super Reviewer

August 8, 2010
This film is about the week before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by the Romans, and the relationship between Jesus and Judas. Also, if the title doesn't tip you off to the epic power of this film, it is also a musical. A rock opera at that, written and scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. There isn't a great need for historical accuracy, or Biblical accuracy at that, and many points in the film have come up for dispute in the Christian community. The film actually took pains to sanitize itself in comparison to the original musical so not to offend them, though most of the time there is little difference between both. Though it may not be useful as an educational tool for the dogma of the Christian religion, it does teach about the relationship between the messiah and one of his apostles, and the way Jesus struggled through the end of his life, ending up very human and yet above it all with his sacrifice for the sins of everyone. He is damned, he does go before Pontius Pilate, and he does end his story with his crucifixion. The musical itself is a blatant anachronism of the seventies and the times of Jesus, fusing the savior's concepts of salvation with the free love and ambivalence of the sixties. The music in the first twenty minutes is the best of the entire musical and features the amazing pipes of Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, and Yvonne Elliman. The rest of the music (which is the only way the plot moves since there isn't any dialogue) is fairly rock opera-esque, but it's not until the final song that the music starts becoming huge and rock once more. The rest is slow and bleak as it tells the story of Jesus and how he must take the punishment of the Romans and his sacrifice. His and Judas' relationship in the film is really quite interesting and Carl Anderson's performance as Judas is both complex and understated. Ted Neeley is a bit of a shifty eyed pessimistic throughout, and I do believe his performance does not deserve the accolades it brought, or the forty year career he's had playing the character on Broadway. The film did do something different with the traditional musical when it came to sets, characters, in-jokes, and costumes, and that anachronism and tie to contemporary music made the story more accessible for an entirely new generation. Though the film drags in places it is definitely enjoyable and interesting when it came to the original story of frenemies.
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