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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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June 19, 2017
I'll be honest. I grew up with this movie and I know the Passion Story thanks to this Rock Opera. But if it went so bad in the Box Office, I'd add it to a list of Movies the Critics Got Wrong.
June 12, 2017
Simply the best musical film ever - and one of the best movies ever put screen.
June 4, 2017
One of best musical movies I've ever seen!
April 3, 2017
Wonderful, creative, full of exceptional singers and some dazzling musical numbers. Who knew a movie based on a holy icon could be so entertaining? Beautifully shot, as well.
½ February 1, 2017
Sub-par singers, with weirdly balanced sound. Tons of heresy. But Judas is such a champ. Still has hints of Lloyd-Weber, but not his finest work, and a pretty weird adaptation of his work.
½ October 26, 2016
I hate this movie. Nearly two hours of tuneless caterwauling. Even if it wasn't, the idea of a hip, counterculture Jesus story gives me hives. It just nails home how totally bereft of ideas so much of what passes as hip culture really is.

Jesus is cool, man. No he isn't ... fuck off. 'Nuff said.
½ October 15, 2016
Cheeze and dated but you gotta love the music.
½ July 1, 2016
I loved the original album but I found this to be unbearable. 100% lip-synched, which I hate. This is all about music and singing; why could they not have some authentic singing instead of it being all canned? This might have worked on Broadway but on screen it's incredibly distracting. Neeley is one of the least expressive lead actors I've ever seen in a Hollywood film. The quality of the singing voices are often terrible. I watched this thinking I could have done a much better job directing it, and I've never directed a film in my life. I wonder if Roger Ebert saw the same movie? How he liked it I will never know.
June 5, 2016
100823: This is the third time I've seen this film and still love it. Not sure the real reason, whether it's the music (which I really love), the characters/actors whom I'm entranced by, or the exposure to religion it provides me. Perhaps all three or the combination. Regardless, I love this film; about every ten years that is. Raised my rating half a star this time.
½ May 13, 2016
Good film, I'd give it a 6/10
March 28, 2016
Risky adaptation of a great musical with catchy songs. Carl Anderson performs a great Judas. Some of the other actors are quite good too, like Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate but Ted Neeley as Jesus is quite a whimp.

In any case, a very interesting adaptation of a musical which deserves to be watched at least once.
March 27, 2016
It's a film that doesn't concern itself so much with historical accuracy or the set pieces of a biblical epic. It's focus is on the immediate emotions of the story and characters, and it features performances of incredible intensity and passion. The on-location desert cinematography is breath-taking, and the costumes are striking. It's a unique and abstract take on the story of Christ's Passion that anyone can appreciate, especially if you love the energy of 60s and 70s Rock and culture.
March 26, 2016
Un clásico! Especial para el día de hoy
January 1, 2016
certainly judas' pov

he seems to be the only one with the right moral vision according to this, which is a perfect hollywood allegory. they really are the judases.

sounds like a jewish violation of lewis' trilemma where they'd like him to be a good teacher, but nothing more, despite what he said.

trying to make a more palatable hippie jc

it also falsely makes him the pharisee, which he was the opposite of.

whiny naturalist interpretation that denies divinity, like Jesus warned against. like people who want to have their cake and eat it too.


Judas is the only one who sees straight...all you need to know

gospel of material rather than spiritual

. It makes the traitor Judas Iscariot a victim and reduces the Lord Jesus Christ to a burnt-out celebrity who is in over His head.

super gay soliders.

takes away things jesus actually said...makes him say things he didnt

suddenly judas cares about the poor, or anyone other than himself.

strippers at the temple. cool. so who is this jesus and where did he come from?

the songs are ok and the gethsemane scene is esp effective. that's about it.

The most hopelessly unbiblical depiction of Christ ever Pure hollywood schlock.
Super Reviewer
½ December 27, 2015
A super tacky rock opera that looks awfully outdated and has only a few good songs amid many horrible ones (of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice), but even worse is how it soon becomes a tedious, inconsequential series of Biblical events after a promising beginning.
December 4, 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar is a retelling of the final week of Jesus's life and is told mainly through the perspective of Judas Iscariot, though Jesus and Mary Magdalene contribute as well. The story follows the relationship of Jesus and his followers, but mainly that of Jesus and Judas. Judas is concerned at Jesus's growing popularity and the consequences he and others might face because of it. Jesus seems frustrated at the ignorance of his followers and often lectures them because of their naiveté. The plot follows the typical chronological order of events in the last week of Jesus's life with some deviation. Jesus is arrested, put on trial, brought before Pilate, etc. The film is unique for several reasons: it is a rock opera portrayal of Jesus Christ and it takes away the mythology of Jesus.
Since this film is a rock opera there is no spoken dialogue; every word is sung. The music in this film is catchy and memorable. Thanks to the musical genius of both Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (the original writer and composer), this film contains many incredible songs. The performances are vital as well. The combined talent of Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, and Yvonne Elliman create a musical to be remembered. Retelling the story of Jesus in this way is certainly a different approach and it really only works because it is a musical. Without the music, this film would be a complete "borefest."
That is another reason the film is unique-because it takes away the mythology of Jesus and gives us a normal human Jesus, which is rather boring in my opinion. Without the music this movie would be on the top of my list for worst movies of all time. Without the elements that make Jesus interesting he becomes just another guy. Regardless, the film is still worth watching because it has great music.
May 23, 2015
Own it. Love. It. The music is beautiful and lush. It's not preachy (really!).
May 23, 2015
An extra star for how batshit this is.
April 7, 2015
Saw it when it first came out - have the LP. Usually play it on Good Friday as I clean the house but haven't for quite a few years. Just happened to catch the last hour on Holy Saturday night. Was mesmerized. Still singing/humming the songs. Classic.!
Super Reviewer
½ April 5, 2015
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is brought to the big screen in this most unusual adaptation. Shot as a contemporary play, a theater troop drives out into the Israeli desert and proceeds to put on a production of the Gospel Story. There are no real sets as it's all shot on location, and the costumes bare all of the trademarks of '70s fashion (from bell bottom pants to rose tinted sunglasses). And, there's a little bit of disco in the choreography. Yet this all ends up giving the film a bombastic energy that's a lot of fun. Plus, the music is incredibly catchy and has a lighthearted humor to it. Though it's a bit dated, Jesus Christ Superstar presents a unique vision and has a sort of a kitschiness that makes it tremendously entertaining.
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