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The Passion of the Christ Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 5, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

March 18, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 4, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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A very dour, pedestrian picture.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 27, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A big, bold, nightmarishly beautiful film not just about the dawn of the Christian faith, but about the awful tendency of human communities (wherever and whenever in the world they may exist) toward self-preservation, intolerance and mob rule.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 26, 2004
Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This is a movie so singular, so intense, so overwhelming that it simply has to be experienced.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

February 26, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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A film of artistic ambition and devotion.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Gibson makes many of the key scenes work.

| Original Score: B

February 25, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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There are scenes in The Passion that will remain forever with those who see it.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A filmed bloodletting like no other on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour torture sequence.

| Original Score: C

February 25, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Controversy aside, The Passion is ultimately a movie -- and a masterful one at that, obviously the work of an extremely talented filmmaker.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 25, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Bloody to the point of gruesome, moving without being inspiring.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Instead of letting his reverence broaden him, Gibson uses his action-movie expertise to reduce the Crucifixion to something kinetic, literal and merely tragic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2004
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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The extreme violence does not teach a lesson; it's an end in itself, more suited to the S&M crowd than to anyone seeking an uplifting sermon on everlasting redemption.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

February 25, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Gibson ultimately seems to be preaching to the choir, rejecting standard storytelling conventions such as introducing his characters, assuming his audience already knows everything he's about to tell us.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 25, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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What graphic sex is to the use of the body in hardcore porno, graphic violence is to destruction of the body of Christ in this Passion.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

February 25, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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May have succeeded in exploiting Jesus's death for its most highly pitched emotion and drama. But in the process, for many believers, it may have served only to trivialize and further obscure the story's most central and sacred mysteries.

February 25, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Gibson has made a movie for nobody, really, but Gibson.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 25, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Blood-soaked pop theology for a doom-laden time, its effect that of a gripping yet reductive paradox: It lifts us downward.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

February 25, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Bears the same relation to other biblical epics as a charnel house does to your local deli.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 25, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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So obsessively and so graphically bloody-minded that it comes perilously close to the pornography of violence.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

February 25, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Despite controversies swirling around the movie, one cannot deny that Gibson has made a stunning film, beautifully photographed in contrasting dark and golden hues by Caleb Deschanel.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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This is a two-hour-and- six-minute snuff movie -- The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre -- that thinks it's an act of faith.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 24, 2004
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A gripping, powerful motion picture -- arguably the most forceful depiction of Jesus' death ever to be committed to film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 24, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This work of obvious devotion may well be the first spiritual splatter film. It makes Gladiator and Braveheart -- even Friday the 13th -- seem mild by comparison.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Regardless of how you feel about the movie's message, you're certain to leave the movie feeling something about the movie itself.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2004
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Controversy over whether it will inflame anti-Semitism guarantees huge audiences, and many people may be profoundly moved. But as a film it is quite bad.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: F

February 24, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Controversy aside, it is dramatically intense, skillfully constructed and often harrowing, in ways that should have an impact on people of any or no particular faith.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

February 24, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The Passion of the Christ is so relentlessly focused on the savagery of Jesus' final hours that this film seems to arise less from love than from wrath, and to succeed more in assaulting the spirit than in uplifting it.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 24, 2004
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Less reverential than razzle-dazzlin', more an episode in the history of show business than a religious epiphany.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 24, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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As a true reading of the Gospels -- the director's much-vaunted aim -- the film falls abruptly short.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

February 24, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Passion doesn't suffer from the airless, pious airs that drag down most biblical dramas: It has a muscular, pounding energy and lyrical, almost gothic beauty.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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If you come seeking theological subtlety, let alone such modern inventions as psychological depth, you'll walk away battered and empty-handed.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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The movie is a compendium of tortures that would horrify the regulars at an S&M club.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

February 24, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I was moved by the depth of feeling, by the skill of the actors and technicians, by their desire to see this project through no matter what.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

February 24, 2004
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Mel Gibson's Passion, though well-acted, technically impressive and initially moving, is for the most part not beautiful and certainly not ennobling.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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An impressive, ultra-violent -- and deeply troubling -- take on Jesus' final hours.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2004
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A film so narrowly focused as to be inaccessible for all but the devout.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

February 24, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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In the end, one can respect Gibson's high intentions and dedicated work, while remaining spiritually and dramatically unmoved by the result.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Mel Gibson shows once again that he's skilled at depicting violence. But you'd be hard pressed to find evidence of 'tolerance, love and forgiveness' that the producer-director-co-writer insists he's trying to communicate.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

February 23, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The basic message of Christianity -- love your brother -- is obscured under torrents of blood to the point of benumbing the audience.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2004
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Gravely intense and the work of a man as deeply committed to his subject as one could hope for or, for that matter, want.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2004
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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[Gibson] has made a serious, handsome, excruciating film that radiates total commitment.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 23, 2004
David Denby
New Yorker
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The movie Gibson has made from his personal obsessions is a sickening death trip, a grimly unilluminating procession of treachery, beatings, blood, and agony.

February 23, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The Passion of the Christ is powerfully moving and fanatically obtuse in equal doses.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 23, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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This graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ misses any spiritual meaning to this seismic event.

February 23, 2004
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Instead of being moved by Christ's suffering, or awed by his sacrifice, I felt abused by a filmmaker intent on punishing an audience, for who knows what sins.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

February 23, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is the most powerful, important and by far the most graphic interpretation of Christ's final hours ever put on film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 23, 2004
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