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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 267
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 136

The graphic details of Jesus' torture make the movie tough to sit through and obscure whatever message it is trying to convey.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 33

The graphic details of Jesus' torture make the movie tough to sit through and obscure whatever message it is trying to convey.

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Mel Gibson's well-publicized production The Passion of the Christ concerns the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The dialogue is spoken in the ancient Aramaic language, along with Latin and Hebrew. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus (James Caviezel) is betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello). Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd

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Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald

Aug 31, 2004

$370.2M

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If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (75)
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A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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[Gibson's] film, virtually stripped of Jesus's incandescent views, is little more that a record of one of the thousands of barbarities committed by the Romans in Judea.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Mr. Gibson has gone to a lot of sweat and expense to make a movie that doesn't say much of anything new.

March 4, 2004 | Comment (1)
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Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (6)
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Puts us in a situation where we can't help but feel Jesus's pain. If only Gibson had taken the time to tell more of us why it mattered.

February 27, 2004 | Comments (10)
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Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

Gibson's passion is all over this film...but his resorting to mawkish, superficial tactics blows the tone off-course from time to time.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

With a passionate zeal and the budget to back it, Mel Gibson has created a religious epic which is equally unique, inspirational, and repellent.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The film's lack of discretion robs the viewer of his or own conception of Christ's crucifixion. It is an exploitative disservice to "the greatest story ever told," that reduces that illustrious narrative to an extended torture episode.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (15)
ColeSmithey.com

It's a shame there isn't a good movie deep down in this excuse for gore and sadism.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

All [Gibson has] done...is to trade in the Hollywood conventions of yesteryear for the crasser, more bloodthirsty conventions of today.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA) | Comment (1)

I emerged from The Passion of the Christ depressed and spiritually bruised.

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (33)
Observer [UK]

More sensational than spiritual, this blood-soaked take on the Stations of the Cross retells the Gospels as a horror movie. You can't help asking: where has all the love gone?

March 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (5)

For a filmmaker who wants to create an adaptation of the story of Jesus, Mel Gibson's motives seem ironically impure.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Easily the most controversial film of the year, Gibson's fil is a visually bold, relentlessly violent epos that suffers from a shallow, undernourished narrative and no characterizations to speak of.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
EmanuelLevy.Com

By giving us the feeling of experiencing Jesus' thoughts, and by making us privy to his prayers, The Passion draws us toward Christ's full humanity like no film before.

September 27, 2006 | Comments (4)
Christianity Today

Mr. Gibson has plucked at the rawest of nerves yet I cannot blame him. He is expressing himself through the medium of film and using the text of his bible as the basis.

August 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Comment (1)
Bangitout.com

Director Gibson tends toward populist impulses without much artistry or invention; he prefers bombardment to poetry.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

A tormented movie about torment; loopy, over-reaching and occasionally suspicious. Simultaneously, it is a daring artistic endeavour.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Incredibly intense, unflichingly realistic and powerfully moving...One of the all-time great cinematic achievements...God bless Mel Gibson.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Comments (14)
Fantastica Daily

One of the best films of this middle-aged decade.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Sick.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

This most human of tales is sadly lacking humanity.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for The Passion of the Christ

Criative and the best work by Mel Gibson in direction. We could see that the actors, and Gibson and Fitzgerald are a moving and an unique portrait of Jesus Christ. I understand and support the criative expression of filmmakers, after all, it's the seventh art, I also understand, what Gibson try recreate and show to the audience. But when, he show Passion's message, all the gore violence obscure Jesus' last hours and Mel's attempt of evangelize flaw. The Passion of the Christ, it's one of the most controversal and hard-to-watch movie that I ever saw. Rotten.
July 26, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Mel Gibson is an amazing film maker, his direction and visual style is breathtakingly realistic but surprisingly he doesn't offer any primary lessons to this narratively flimsy but strangely overwhelming story. What disturbs me the most about Passion of The Christ, other than the fact it's one of the most violent films i've ever seen and the subject matter at hand, is that I actually quite enjoyed it. From the technical side of things, it's breathtaking. The most being the incredibly done cinematography and Jim Caviezel's inspirational performance as the titiluar messiah. Jesus' torture I suspect will be difficult for some to digest but it is often exploitive to the audience as much as Christ. Due in most part to the fact it's a religious figure being tortured, and expecting us to know the back story already to establish an emotional connection without being given a character insight pre to the gory exploitation sequences. However even though the film has unbelievably very little substance, maybe it leaves the moral for us as an audience to decide, and I stand by my own opinion that it's a film about ambition and hope.
May 21, 2012
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Directors Cat

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It's hard to call THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST a film, per se. Just about every film is watched for entertainment purposes. Unless you enjoy seeing the Lord of the Christian faith whipped and beaten to a pulp (and if that applies, I can't help but to ask what is wrong with you), THE PASSION is in no way a good source for entertainment. It's even bloodier than SAW, and more disturbing for any Christian. Also, if you are someone of a different religion, or just not really much of a Christian, do not watch this. You will more than likely hate it and possibly find it to be a blasphemous excuse for torture porn. (It's not.) From the thorough speaking of Aramaic (with English subtitles, of course), to the stellar performance by Jim Caviazel, to the wonderfully accurate Oscar-nominated musical score by John Debney, it's an A+ movie for anyone who appreciates the religion deeply.

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March 30, 2012
spielberg00

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Passion of the Christ is actually an average film with good acting. I enjoyed the film, but didn't think it was a masterpiece. Jim Caviezel portrays Jesus Christ, and gives us a great performance. However the film is very violent as it shows the final hours in the life of Jesus Christ.. Compared to Gibson's Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ, this film is not as great as that one. Passion of the Christ plays out like a two hours torture flick more than anything. The film doesn't offer anything new in terms of telling is Jesus Christ's final hours, as we've all heard what happened a million time over. The cast do a great job, and the film is harrowing and difficult to watch. I liked the film, but I don't see it as a flawless film like so many people have seen this. The Passion of the Christ is a good film, but I felt that it was a hard film to watch because of the graphic violence. Despite my opinions on this film, I thought this was a well acted and directed film. For those looking for a good historical film, then this is your film. Passion of the Christ is a hard film to watch that is brilliantly acted, but as a whole, it didn't really stand out as an epic film. The film is worth watching, but like I previously stated, is one that will make you feel uncomfortable due to how violent it is. Not one of Mel Gibson's best films, but definitely not his worst, Passion of the Christ is a film that will have an effect on you no matter what religious convictions you have.
March 27, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Jesus Christ: It is finished.
    – Submitted by Alexandria P (11 months ago)
    1. Jesus Christ: My heart is ready.
    – Submitted by Jared B (20 months ago)
    1. Pontius Pilate: What is truth, Claudia? Do you hear it, recognize it when it is spoken?
    2. Claudia Procles: Yes, I do. Don't you?
    3. Pontius Pilate: How? Can you tell me?
    4. Claudia Procles: If you will not hear the truth, no one can tell you.
    – Submitted by Junko L (2 years ago)
    1. Caiphas: I ask you now... Jesus of Nazareth. Tell us, are you the Messiah, the son of the living God? [everyone waits to hear]
    2. Jesus Christ: I AM. And you shall see the son of man sitting at the right hand of the power of God... and coming on the clouds of heaven. [everyone becomes shocked]
    3. Caiphas: Blasphemy! [tear his cloth in half] You have heard him, there is no need for witnesses! What is your verdict?
    4. 2nd Elder: Death! Give him death! [everyone begins to beat Jesus up and spit on him]
    – Submitted by David O (2 years ago)
    1. Jesus Christ: Peter. [asking the disciples up] You could not watch one hour with me?
    2. John: Master, what has happened to you? Should I call the other Lord?
    3. Jesus Christ: No John. I don't want them to see me like this.
    4. James: Should we flee Lord?
    5. Jesus Christ: Stay here. Watch... pray.
    – Submitted by David O (2 years ago)
    1. Jesus Christ: Take this and drink. This is my blood, spilled for you and for many. Do this in memory of me.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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