The Last Temptation of Christ - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Last Temptation of Christ Reviews

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Cole Smithey
October 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 11, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
If you've got a good understanding of Christian history, you'll probably dig this flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
October 29, 2004
Overrated and dull
| Original Score: 2/5
Josh Larsen
September 11, 2015
...the inherent stodginess of Biblical adaptations (to say nothing of Harvey Keitel's Brooklyn accent) ultimately manages to prevail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 5, 2003
Had a lot going for it, but its tedious pace killed the picture.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Cross a certain line, and message overwhelms medium, substance overwhelms style, what you have to say drowns out how you might be saying it.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In spite of all [Scorsese] accomplishes, he is unable to bring Jesus close to us, to realize his stated goal of creating a universal figure who symbolizes the spiritual anguish of all men.
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
April 12, 2014
Dares us to reconcile our spiritual and physical selves.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Among those who do not already have rigid views on the subject, this film is likely to inspire more serious thought on the nature of Jesus than any other ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 31, 2006
Scorsese's film is a work of passion and faith, and admirable for the way it fearlessly explores its themes, disregarding canonical dogma in search of human truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2012
Martin Scorsese's long-ripening adaptation ... provides a much-needed corrective, focusing its attention on a man who is constantly plagued by doubts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
A challenge and affirmation of our most basic notions of faith.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 25, 2011
Quietly radical and deeply inspiring . . . thanks to a fervid commitment by Willem Dafoe as Jesus, a swirling, cross-cultural score from Peter Gabriel and some thrilling interpretations of the Bible. The ending is a rare moment of transcendence on film.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
September 16, 2014
Controversial epic with brutality, sex. Mature teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 19, 2008
Concentrating on the humanity and fallibility of Jesus in continual conflict with his divinity, the film falters as a contemporary statement mainly in its primitive view of women.
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