Critic Review - Observer [UK]

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

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

Comments

Sharlin Browne

Sharlin Raut

Well thank you for remembering this movie so well. Good to know you understood a lot. Yes, you need to be depressed and spiritually bruised because what was shown in the movie - actually took place. Don%u2019t politicians at this generation kill someone or hurt someone to gain their posts????
This is the same thing that the Jewish priests did that time. No one blames the Jewish priests of this age, but we surely get angry on those priests because they have Blasphemies against Lord Jesus.
This movie should be viewed all times, so that we realize what Lord Jesus went through just to save you and me and all of us. Do you think He deserved that?? But He did it so that we can be brought close to GOD!!! Can we even tolerate a bad word spoken to us for others mistake! No He does not!!!
Please try and understand what He has done for us stop explaining things to yourself about what Gibson tried to show - read between the lines - see what he wants to show - Love the Lord He deserves it!!!!

Aug 8 - 04:41 AM

CJ W.

CJ Woodside

Shush Sharlin, with your religious jibber-jabber. There are thousands of religions all with their own paths to 'salvation' and your baby jesus is no different from all those.

Oct 28 - 10:15 AM

InDIGnation

Callum McColgan

Actually, yes it is, if you knew anything about Christianity, then you'd the difference between Islam and the doctrine of the trinity.

Jan 9 - 06:37 AM

Moatilliatta

Dayne Rzeszkowski

Who cares, none of this happened. Anyone who STILL believes in a god of any description is clinging onto their parents' and their parents' parents' traditions blindly. Actually that is the best option, if you have considered the concept of a god and actually have chosen to believe it then that's far darker.

As L. Ron Hubbard has shown more recently it is damn easy to brainwash even a modernised, supposedly advanced race of people. Therefore what chance did people have back when there was no structure, proper education or research.

May 6 - 04:27 PM

Patrick Loveless

Patrick Loveless

I don't think so...

John 14:6 - Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me. (DRB)

1 John 2:23 - Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also. (DRB)

That's a claim that excludes all religions that reject Jesus as the Son of God as being correct. Mind, of course, that most non-Christians are ignorant of the Divine Sonship of Jesus. But those who do know, or ought to know because they ought to have researched and removed their ignorance, and who reject Jesus as the Son of God, put their souls in jeopardy.

Nov 7 - 11:21 AM

Anthony H.

Anthony Hoag

i'd rather believe in harry potter to be honest

Nov 14 - 12:33 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

if you're not a Christian, why would you even bother commenting that on this review of The Passion of The Christ? Why would you even see it?

May 18 - 03:44 PM

Austyn Hughes

Austyn Hughes

You seriously think only christians can watch this movie? Its just a movie no more no less. Im not a christian but i watched the movie because i thought it looked interesting and i thought it would be a good movie. I didn't think it was a good movie but it wasn't terrible.

Apr 12 - 09:49 PM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

Quite sad.

Sep 23 - 08:37 PM

Mike H.

Mike H

SHAME ON YOU CJ W. You should be ashamed and GO TO HELL. Well it's not up to me. When you get judged by OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND HIS FATHER you will be sorry. "religious jibber-jabber". how could you say that? aren't you afraid? well you should be. your probably a jew. you stupid bastard. God Bless You. Like Jesus said, "God forgive them, for they no not what they do."

Mar 22 - 10:05 PM

Mulholland Driver

Charles McCrory

"Religious jibber-jabber" included USING ALL CAPS, broken sentences and a ridiculous number of exclamation points!!!!!!!!! I'm a Christian, and I think we need to make our points calmly, sensibly, without telling people that God will send them to Hell for their blasphemy. Maybe Christians would be seen in a better light if we didn't talk like radicals.

Mar 24 - 03:27 PM

boris s.

boris shusterman

Hey man, i am Jewish and those are terrible comments. That movie was horrible by the way, and you shouldn't care. You think Jesus liked it?? You know he wasn't actually in it right??? Christianity is a beautiful religion, none of which was captured in this particular film and none of which i can see you follow!!! That is 100% true my dear friend.

Jan 4 - 03:41 AM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

actually, This movie very much so captured the christian religion. it portrayed what Jesus went through to save us all in a realistic way. And by the way, I don't know what business a Jewish person has watching The Passion of The Christ, but I'm not one to judge...

May 18 - 03:48 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

P.S.: yeah, we know Jesus wasn't in the movie. That's like saying 'Hey, you know Oscar Schindler wasn't actually in Schindler's List?' as if that's a bad thing.

May 18 - 03:51 PM

luke h.

luke henderson

dude you just proved that this created major feelings of anti semitism and have proven every critic of this movie right... congratulations

Jan 25 - 11:54 PM

InDIGnation

Callum McColgan

Telling people to go to hell is not going to win them over, we should bring a message of love and compassion, not the threat of violence.

Jan 9 - 06:39 AM

Patrick Loveless

Patrick Loveless

Amen. We should want to see them in the glory of Heaven, not the burning fires of Hell.

Nov 7 - 11:23 AM

Moatilliatta

Dayne Rzeszkowski

Haha really? You chest-beating, self-appointed messenger of something that didn't happen. I am going to bet my friend sitting next to me $100 that you are a fvcking blinded American tosser. And I'll be keeping that money I reckon.

May 6 - 04:29 PM

Jonathan S.

Jonathan Sicard

Please don't pay any attention to said "Christian" you replied to my friend, he's probably the kind that holds picket signs saying 'God hates Fags'. These said 'Christians" should not be taken seriously. they're the ones who give the religion a bad name...

May 18 - 03:57 PM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

I don't think telling someone to go to hell is a good way to share God's love. Just saying.

Sep 23 - 08:38 PM

Jay C.

Jay Christian

It's interesting to note that even the ardent and radical atheists who 'try' to reject Christ are tortured by their own conscience. You see, it's easy to deny in public and even make a fuss about lack of evidence or scientific or even historic proof; but the real battle happens when you are alone and your conscience interrogates you on your belief system, the conscience is not easily fooled by the atheistic jibber-jabber. An 'atheist's' soul longs for what it lacks and it will never have piece until one unites one'self to one's source - 'God'. I've seen lots of atheists converting, some on their death beds; so those who choose to fool themselves and deny Christ now or brush the Bible aside need to remember that you will see the truth one way or the other and the truth is that God is real. Study the advances in Astrophysics to learn that the universe is finite and there is something outside this universe (all rose by chance? a reproducible one in a trillion chance); study Biology and learn about the bacterial flagella and hypothesize on the chances of it being a result of mere chance; Archeology tells of recent discoveries of Noah's ark on Mt Ararat (chance?); Archeology also has documented discoveries of giants mention in the Bible (OT). Study, I don't mean mere internet browsing of 'arguments against Christianity', I mean Science and History and you will know just as Christians know that Jesus Christ is real and God really created the world and YOU. Charles Darwin himself and other radical atheists converted to truth in the end (historians and scientists will try to deny the real facts that these people converted or lamented their wasted lives but you see - THEY DID so don't take comfort in numbers and say 'I'm just one of many atheists' think hard and be honest to yourself.

Jul 2 - 07:30 AM

Moatilliatta

Dayne Rzeszkowski

I'm an atheist, I'm very honest with myself and when I sit alone and ponder how obviously absurd and primitive and vain the notion of a god is, and then when I review all the evidence to the contrary (go watch Hubble even), I sit there with a nice, clean conscience with no internal struggle.

See what you've done here is appoint something of yours that is a personal, subjective (and IMO delusional and biased and primitive) opinion as though it is an objective, proven fact.

You don't have the power to do that sorry, I know that YOU want Atheists to sit and struggle inside, as though it is a facade, because that sits better with you. But simply wishing something to be so does not make it so.

See how what you want to happen and what actually happens are completely different and simply hoping that something is the case does not necessarily make it so?

Thanks mate, enjoy pwnage.

And when you die, enjoy being worm-food and the black nothingness that encapsulates us all.

May 6 - 04:32 PM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

Personally I really don't give damn what atheists think but is it really more primitive to believe that God created the world or to believe that all this was an accident. It was all an accident that we are just far away from the sun to not get burned and just close enough to where we don't freeze. It was all an accident that humans, the dominant species, have the ability to think for themselves with a brain that can take in information and store it forever. It was all an accident that each individual animal is equipped with the right type of body to suit their given environment. Even Darwin said he couldn't find an explanation on how the human eye could have been created out of an accident. The list goes on and on, and if it all came from one gigantic accident, then we had some damn good luck.

Sep 23 - 08:47 PM

Moatilliatta

Dayne Rzeszkowski

And another thing, yeah a 1 in a trillion chance is actually pretty likely when there are probably 100 trillion planets and stars out there, and so far we've only seen one system connect perfectly to create life.

Which realistically means, even by my conservative numbers, there may be 100 civilisations out there like ours right now. But they are 15 trillion light years away and given how pathetic humans are in terms of space travel (oh look, the moon) we will never see them. Not in your lifetime.

So when you place the 1 in a trillion chance into perspective you can (if you choose to actually view it for what it is, and not cast it aside because you don't like it and it doesn't fit your rehearsed rebuttal) appreciate the fact that it is indeed completely credible.

Thanks buddy, enjoy learning.

May 6 - 04:36 PM

Nick Fitzhugh

Nick Fitzhugh

Went through the same thing... its a fact. The notion that nothing created something is absurd. And in my opinion more primitive than the belief in God. I am a christian. It feels good to be a christian. But I feel that even athiests will be forgiven because I honestly do not think that anyone who lives on this earth with out the help of satan can truly deny god....

Sep 27 - 01:44 AM

Adin R.

Adin R

I think South Park gave the most accurate review of this movie. It sucks. It's nothing but 2 hours of sadist torture porn, but because it's about Jesus it makes it okay? No, it doesn't. It guilt-trips you into enjoying it, which is always the worst thing a movie can do. Also, the original reason that "The Passion" was performed in the middle ages was to incite people against the Jewish, and this can somewhat be seen throughout the film. Lastly, probably the best point brought up is that this film focuses on Jesus's death, but really, those who read the bible should focus on his life and teachings, not the way he died.

Apr 23 - 07:35 AM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

Pathetic.

Sep 23 - 08:49 PM

Adin R.

Adin R

I think South Park gave the most accurate review of this movie. It sucks. It's nothing but 2 hours of sadist torture porn, but because it's about Jesus it makes it okay? No, it doesn't. It guilt-trips you into enjoying it, which is always the worst thing a movie can do. Also, the original reason that "The Passion" was performed in the middle ages was to incite people against the Jewish, and this can somewhat be seen throughout the film. Lastly, probably the best point brought up is that this film focuses on Jesus's death, but really, those who read the bible should focus on his life and teachings, not the way he died. If you want a movie about Jesus to teach you something, try "The Nativity Story". It's better and doesn't just focus on the way he died.

Apr 23 - 07:38 AM

Andrea O.

Andrea Ortiz

Ridiculous. Who cares if it bruised your spirituality? That's probably a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what Jesus felt throughout the movie, don't you think? People, this is a movie review site, not a religious community. I'm agnostic. I don't give a damn if that man was Hitler. Point is, the movie was fucking amazing. SUPERBLY acted, I cannot believe Jim Caviezel wasn't even nominated for Best Actor. That man rocked it.
If you have your own interpretation on Jesus' passion, this is not the place for it. It's not meant to be historically accurate. And of course it's bloody; it's Mel Gibson. Fact is, if you're not 'spiritually stable' to be on this website and give a real review on this film (which is what it is, a FILM), do us a favor and leave. 49%? Give me a break.

Apr 26 - 07:05 PM

Danny C. Clark

Danny Clark

What's your problem? Can you please and gladly show some more compassion towards other people who had been muchly hurt from this stupid film? This movie had greatly disturbed and had possibly corrupted many people about the truth about prayers at especially and at because Mel Gibson himself had given off a terribly false image about Jesus Christ directly and during the movie's own opening scenes at when Mel Gibson had Jim Caviezel portray Jesus Christ praying to over 1 million movie watchers, where it's then Mel Gibson who had therefore made Jesus Christ and Saint Matthew appear as if Jesus Christ and Saint Matthew had both intentionally not obeyed Jesus Christ's own commandments at Matthew 6:5-6 "And when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites be because the hypocrites love praying standing up in the synagogues and the hypocrites love praying on the street corners so that people can see them. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Therefore, when you pray, go in to your room, close the door and pray to your Father in secrecy, who's unseen. Your Father, who sees what's done in secret, will reward you.".

Jesus Christ's own message had also been about forgiveness and compassion, and therefore, whom were you to shed off the bad suggested influence towards other people here at when you had suggested that we should not care about the spiritual damage in other people (such as Philip French) when it's because should you too had been damaged through watching a bad film, that it's therefore that other people too should care enough about you to at therefore help you carefully rather than reject you carelessly?

May 24 - 05:40 PM

Danny C. Clark

Danny Clark

Next, only people such as you (atheists/agnostics) had thrived upon this movie because this movie had sent wrong images about Jesus Christ because you atheist/agnostics have been nothing more than and nothing less than anti-christs and you personally had personally attempted at preventing Philip French to explain his own explanation about the wrongness hurt against Philip French about this movie while then ALSO, it's because you've been an anti-christ (an atheist), that it's therefore that you had also been a hypocrite against Philip French because you atheists require to believe in Jesus Christ FIRST before attempting to cure other people's own spiritual problems.

May 24 - 05:52 PM

Danny C. Clark

Danny Clark

Don't worry:
This movie is NOT meant for any one and that's also and including especially an any and all young people such as teenagers because the movie had shown to over 1 million people Mel Gibson filming an image about Jesus Christ praying in a forest, whereas HOWEVER, Jesus Christ himself had always obeyed Jesus Christ's own commandments such as the commandments at Matthew 6:5-6 "And when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites be because the hypocrites love praying standing up in the synagogues and the hypocrites love praying on the street corners so that people can see them. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Therefore, when you pray, go in to your room, close the door and pray to your Father in secrecy, who's unseen. Your Father, who sees what's done in secret, will reward you.". Therefore it's because Jesus Christ would had obeyed Jesus Christ's own commandment to Saint Matthew, it's therefore Jesus Christ had always prayed in secrecy. Therefore, Mel Gibson had been 100% wrong because Mel Gibson had shown to over 1 million people Jesus Christ praying whereas and because Mel Gibson had exposed Jesus Christ praying, that it's therefore that Mel Gibson's a falsifier and a defamer who had only and who had therefore been only interested in gaining himself more money, and more than the millions that he had already gained from his previous acting roles.

May 24 - 05:25 PM

Cody H.

Cody Halpert

That is literally the most pathetic thing I've ever heard. So, because Mel Gibson put a scene of an ACTOR playing Jesus in the wods, it automatically makes Jesus seem like a hypocrite. Are you insane? Lay off the crack pipe the next time you write a comment.

Sep 23 - 08:54 PM

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile