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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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½ May 13, 2016
Good film, I'd give it a 6/10
March 28, 2016
Risky adaptation of a great musical with catchy songs. Carl Anderson performs a great Judas. Some of the other actors are quite good too, like Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate but Ted Neeley as Jesus is quite a whimp.

In any case, a very interesting adaptation of a musical which deserves to be watched at least once.
March 27, 2016
It's a film that doesn't concern itself so much with historical accuracy or the set pieces of a biblical epic. It's focus is on the immediate emotions of the story and characters, and it features performances of incredible intensity and passion. The on-location desert cinematography is breath-taking, and the costumes are striking. It's a unique and abstract take on the story of Christ's Passion that anyone can appreciate, especially if you love the energy of 60s and 70s Rock and culture.
March 26, 2016
Un clásico! Especial para el día de hoy
March 2, 2014
certainly judas' pov

he seems to be the only one with the right moral vision according to this, which is a perfect hollywood allegory. they really are the judases.

sounds like a jewish violation of lewis' trilemma where they'd like him to be a good teacher, but nothing more, despite what he said.

trying to make a more palatable hippie jc

it also falsely makes him the pharisee, which he was the opposite of.

whiny naturalist interpretation that denies divinity, like Jesus warned against. like people who want to have their cake and eat it too.


Judas is the only one who sees straight...all you need to know

gospel of material rather than spiritual

. It makes the traitor Judas Iscariot a victim and reduces the Lord Jesus Christ to a burnt-out celebrity who is in over His head.

super gay soliders.

takes away things jesus actually said...makes him say things he didnt

suddenly judas cares about the poor, or anyone other than himself.

strippers at the temple. cool. so who is this jesus and where did he come from?

the songs are ok and the gethsemane scene is esp effective. that's about it.

The most hopelessly unbiblical depiction of Christ ever Pure hollywood schlock.
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2015
A super tacky rock opera that looks awfully outdated and has only a few good songs amid many horrible ones (of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice), but even worse is how it soon becomes a tedious, inconsequential series of Biblical events after a promising beginning.
December 4, 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar is a retelling of the final week of Jesus's life and is told mainly through the perspective of Judas Iscariot, though Jesus and Mary Magdalene contribute as well. The story follows the relationship of Jesus and his followers, but mainly that of Jesus and Judas. Judas is concerned at Jesus's growing popularity and the consequences he and others might face because of it. Jesus seems frustrated at the ignorance of his followers and often lectures them because of their naiveté. The plot follows the typical chronological order of events in the last week of Jesus's life with some deviation. Jesus is arrested, put on trial, brought before Pilate, etc. The film is unique for several reasons: it is a rock opera portrayal of Jesus Christ and it takes away the mythology of Jesus.
Since this film is a rock opera there is no spoken dialogue; every word is sung. The music in this film is catchy and memorable. Thanks to the musical genius of both Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (the original writer and composer), this film contains many incredible songs. The performances are vital as well. The combined talent of Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, and Yvonne Elliman create a musical to be remembered. Retelling the story of Jesus in this way is certainly a different approach and it really only works because it is a musical. Without the music, this film would be a complete "borefest."
That is another reason the film is unique-because it takes away the mythology of Jesus and gives us a normal human Jesus, which is rather boring in my opinion. Without the music this movie would be on the top of my list for worst movies of all time. Without the elements that make Jesus interesting he becomes just another guy. Regardless, the film is still worth watching because it has great music.
May 23, 2015
Own it. Love. It. The music is beautiful and lush. It's not preachy (really!).
September 1, 2007
An extra star for how batshit this is.
April 7, 2015
Saw it when it first came out - have the LP. Usually play it on Good Friday as I clean the house but haven't for quite a few years. Just happened to catch the last hour on Holy Saturday night. Was mesmerized. Still singing/humming the songs. Classic.!
Super Reviewer
½ April 5, 2015
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is brought to the big screen in this most unusual adaptation. Shot as a contemporary play, a theater troop drives out into the Israeli desert and proceeds to put on a production of the Gospel Story. There are no real sets as it's all shot on location, and the costumes bare all of the trademarks of '70s fashion (from bell bottom pants to rose tinted sunglasses). And, there's a little bit of disco in the choreography. Yet this all ends up giving the film a bombastic energy that's a lot of fun. Plus, the music is incredibly catchy and has a lighthearted humor to it. Though it's a bit dated, Jesus Christ Superstar presents a unique vision and has a sort of a kitschiness that makes it tremendously entertaining.
½ 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.
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.
August 13, 2014
Never a wasted moment in this film version of the Webber-Rice concept album/West End show, ideological differences be damned.
March 18, 2013
Why was this made? Horrible acting.
June 30, 2014
very good songs but honestly, it could wait for at least 10 years to become a better movie
½ 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.
½ 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 26, 2014
love this musical! it is a must have in your collection if you love musicals so you can watch over and over.
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.
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