Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 30, 2003
seen with 2003 eyes, Pasolini's work presents only the letter of the gospel and leaves out its spiritual essence
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
what Pasolini's simple, bleak vision proves is that small and spare is really no more effective than glorious and overblown when trying to adapt the Gospels to the screen
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2004
Tells the life of Christ as if a documentarian on a low budget had been following him from birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 8, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 27, 2015
At once primeval and immediate
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 19, 2009
Beautifully retells a spiritual story without resorting to the overbearing piousness that makes most American Bible films such well-intentioned slogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2007
This highly political interpretation of the passion is as scandalous in its own way as Mel Gibson's but more poetic, more contemporary in its impact, and more serious in its overall morality.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 8, 2006
It's Jesus Christ's greatest hits in this Pasolini classic, a scrappy and odd adaptation of, as the title suggests, the Book of Matthew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 8, 2012
Definitely one for multiple viewings, and arguably up there with Pasolini's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Certainly Pasolini's most satisfying movie.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 15, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
November 17, 2002
The slightly uncomfortable close-ups that dominate [it] place the audience in a position where they're closer than they might have ever expected to be to the towering Biblical figures that dominate the Passion play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 20, 2004
O ateu Pasolini foi capaz de compreender algo que o devoto Mel Gibson falhou em perceber: a morte de Cristo é apenas um pequeno ato de uma história repleta de belas mensagens.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
March 22, 2004
Striking juxtaposition of the poetic and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 5, 2007
A quirky version of Matthew's story, one that was closer in accord with fundamentalist beliefs than Marxist tenets.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
June 10, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 24, 2007
Pier Paolo Pasolini benefited from the very austerity that underlies the particular and at the same time universal center of this film.
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Tobias
Glyphs Film Guide
January 1, 2000
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