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Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew) Reviews

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May 30, 2003
seen with 2003 eyes, Pasolini's work presents only the letter of the gospel and leaves out its spiritual essence
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 27, 2001
what Pasolini's simple, bleak vision proves is that small and spare is really no more effective than glorious and overblown when trying to adapt the Gospels to the screen
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2004
Tells the life of Christ as if a documentarian on a low budget had been following him from birth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2015
At once primeval and immediate
April 19, 2009
Beautifully retells a spiritual story without resorting to the overbearing piousness that makes most American Bible films such well-intentioned slogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 22, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] This film seems to say that religious doctrine has worked as long as it has because its poetry is so beautiful. It also allows for the passing of generations who will eventually reject all religion because it is ultimately a lie.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 23, 2007
This highly political interpretation of the passion is as scandalous in its own way as Mel Gibson's but more poetic, more contemporary in its impact, and more serious in its overall morality.
June 8, 2006
It's Jesus Christ's greatest hits in this Pasolini classic, a scrappy and odd adaptation of, as the title suggests, the Book of Matthew.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 8, 2012
Definitely one for multiple viewings, and arguably up there with Pasolini's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 24, 2006
Certainly Pasolini's most satisfying movie.
July 15, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2002
The slightly uncomfortable close-ups that dominate [it] place the audience in a position where they're closer than they might have ever expected to be to the towering Biblical figures that dominate the Passion play.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 20, 2004
O ateu Pasolini foi capaz de compreender algo que o devoto Mel Gibson falhou em perceber: a morte de Cristo é apenas um pequeno ato de uma história repleta de belas mensagens.
| Original Score: 5/5
March 22, 2004
Striking juxtaposition of the poetic and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2007
A quirky version of Matthew's story, one that was closer in accord with fundamentalist beliefs than Marxist tenets.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 10, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 24, 2007
Pier Paolo Pasolini benefited from the very austerity that underlies the particular and at the same time universal center of this film.
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