Bloody to the point of gruesome, moving without being inspiring.
| Original Score: 3/5
General Jesus Christ is reborn, awarded the most earned Purple Heart in history, and summons his Christian soldiers to march forth and fight whatever battles He calls us to.
| Original Score: 1/5
If this were any other film and any other subject, The Passion would have been slapped with an NC-17 rating faster than you can say "Council of Nicaea."
| Original Score: C+
Mel Gibson's labor of love about the death of Jesus is incredibly labored, recasting his Crucifixion in crimson, slo-mo cliches.
| Original Score: 2/5
This graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ misses any spiritual meaning to this seismic event.
By turning the Greatest Story Ever Told into the Goriest Story Ever Told, director Mel Gibson breaks the filmmaking commandment Thou Shall Not Overkill.
Beautiful, violent -- and also funny for all the wrong reasons, and boring.
| Original Score: 5/10
| Original Score: D
This most human of tales is sadly lacking humanity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Passion might be a courageous, visceral, boldly artistic motion picture, but that it doesn't make a very convincing dramatic experience.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: F
If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.
Director Gibson tends toward populist impulses without much artistry or invention; he prefers bombardment to poetry.
The Passion is a beautiful film, but an empty one.
It's a shame there isn't a good movie deep down in this excuse for gore and sadism.
For a filmmaker who wants to create an adaptation of the story of Jesus, Mel Gibson's motives seem ironically impure.
| Original Score: 2/4
All [Gibson has] done...is to trade in the Hollywood conventions of yesteryear for the crasser, more bloodthirsty conventions of today.
A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.
If Jesus actually received the amount of punishment dished out in this film, he would have been dead three times over before arriving at Calvary.
| Original Score: 2/4
As it plays out, the brutality brings about more numbing revulsion than the revelatory empathy that Mel Gibson intends.
| Original Score: 2.5/4