The Passion of the Christ (2004)



Critic Consensus: The graphic details of Jesus' torture make the movie tough to sit through and obscure whatever message it is trying to convey.

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This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his condemnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barrabas. The crowd chooses Barrabas. Pilate washes his hands of the matter, and Jesus is forced to carry the cross through the streets to Golgotha where Roman soldiers crucify him. Although Jesus briefly fears that God, his Father, has abandoned him, he regains his faith, proclaiming "Into Thy hands I command my spirit." At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.
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Jim Caviezel
as Jesus Christ
Monica Bellucci
as Mary Magdalene
Claudia Gerini
as Claudia Procles
Sergio Rubini
as Dismas
Mattia Sbragia
as Caiphas
Hristo Shopov
as Pontius Pilate
Luca Lionello
as Judas Iscariot
Jarreth J. Merz
as Simon of Cyrene
Fabio Sartor
as Abenader
Giancinto Ferro
as Joseph of Arimathea
Olek Mincer
as Nicodemus
Adel Ben Ayed
as Thomas
Pedro Sarubbi
as Barabbas
Roberto Visconti
as Scornful Roman
Emilio De Marchi
as Scornful Roman
Lello Giulivo
as Brutish Roman
Abel Jafri
as Second Temple Officer
Angelo DiLoreta
as The 5th Elder The Accuser
Adel Bakri
as Temple Guard
Lucio Allocca
as Old Temple Guard
Paco Reconti
as Whipping Guard
Luciano Dragone
as Second Man
Lino Salemme
as Accuser
Ted Rusoff
as Elder
Tom Shaker
as Eyepatch
Andrea Coppola
as Grizzled Beard
Luciano Federico
as Man in Audience
Sheila Mokhtari
as Woman in Audience
Giuseppe Lo Console
as Roman Soldier
Dario D'Ambrosi
as Roman Soldier
Andrea Ivan Refuto
as Young Jesus
Daniela Poti
as Young Girl
Danilo Di Ruzza
as Pilate's Servant
Vincenzo Monti
as Herod's Courtier
Danilo Maria Valli
as Herod's Courtier
Nuot Arquint
as Herod's Courtier
Abraam Fontana
as Herod's Courtier
Valerio Isidori
as Herod's Courtier
Paolo Dos Santos
as Herod's Boy
Arianna Vitolo
as Herod's Court Woman
Gabriella Barbuti
as Herod's Court Woman
Ornella Giusto
as Herod's Court Woman
Michelle Bonev
as Herod's Court Woman
Lucia Stara
as Herod's Court Woman
Evelina Meghnagi
as Herod's Court Woman
Francis Dokyi Baffour
as Herod's Servant
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of the Christ

All Critics (268) | Top Critics (51)

If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[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… | March 18, 2004
The New Republic
Top Critic

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
New York Observer
Top Critic

Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate.

Full Review… | March 4, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

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
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Passion of the Christ

Unnecessary and gimicky. Is speaking throughout the movie in Latin and Aramaic somehow supposed to make the viewer feel closer to Christ? I wouldn't expect much more from a director with a bias against the people depicted in the film.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Criative and the best work by Mel Gibson in direction. We could see that the actors, and Gibson and Fitzgerald are a moving and an unique portrait of Jesus Christ. I understand and support the criative expression of filmmakers, after all, it's the seventh art, I also understand, what Gibson try recreate and show to the audience. But when, he show Passion's message, all the gore violence obscure Jesus' last hours and Mel's attempt of evangelize flaw. The Passion of the Christ, it's one of the most controversal and hard-to-watch movie that I ever saw. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


[img][/img] Mel Gibson is an amazing film maker, his direction and visual style is breathtakingly realistic but surprisingly he doesn't offer any primary lessons to this narratively flimsy but strangely overwhelming story. What disturbs me the most about Passion of The Christ, other than the fact it's one of the most violent films i've ever seen and the subject matter at hand, is that I actually quite enjoyed it. From the technical side of things, it's breathtaking. The most being the incredibly done cinematography and Jim Caviezel's inspirational performance as the titiluar messiah. Jesus' torture I suspect will be difficult for some to digest but it is often exploitive to the audience as much as Christ. Due in most part to the fact it's a religious figure being tortured, and expecting us to know the back story already to establish an emotional connection without being given a character insight pre to the gory exploitation sequences. However even though the film has unbelievably very little substance, maybe it leaves the moral for us as an audience to decide, and I stand by my own opinion that it's a film about ambition and hope.

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