The Passion of the Christ (2004)



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

Movie Info

This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his condemnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barrabas. The crowd chooses Barrabas. Pilate washes his hands of the matter, and Jesus is forced to carry the cross through the streets to Golgotha where Roman soldiers crucify him. Although Jesus briefly fears that God, his … More

Rating: R (for sequences of graphic violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 2004
Box Office: $370.2M
Newmarket Film Group - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Passion of the Christ

All Critics (267) | Top Critics (51)

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

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Passion of the Christ

Unnecessary and gimicky. Is speaking throughout the movie in Latin and Aramaic somehow supposed to make the viewer feel closer to Christ? I wouldn't expect much more from a director with a bias against the people depicted in the film.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer



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.

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