Aug 11, 2021
While Pasolini pulls his camera away from the crunching and stabbing of thorns, whips, and nails, Gibson showcases the moment of impact. That may make him the closer Caravaggio cohort...
Feb 15, 2021
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is a deeply repugnant film, but not an insignificant one. ... it does provide insight into a certain contemporary American mentality and mood.
Jan 29, 2020
And the Passion itself engages with both the timeless, nondenominational human capacity for sadistic cruelty and faith in the face of inconceivable obstacles. It reaches beyond the parameters of Gibson's personal Jesus.
Nov 16, 2019
Gibson delivers a film that is practically indescribable in its power and emotion.
Nov 14, 2019
Mel Gibson's passion has given us a once in a lifetime movie experience.
Apr 21, 2019
Gibson has basically taken the greatest story ever told and turned it into a snuff film. It's Kill Bill for the churchgoing crowd.
Aug 20, 2018
If you relish the sight of a healthy male body being systematically demolished, beyond the farthest reach of plausible endurance, The Passion of the Christ is your movie.
Feb 2, 2018
For millions of people, Mel Gibson shows them their Jesus and their salvation.
Jan 9, 2018
If I believed in life eternal with access to a heavenly multiplex I still wouldn't advise you to see this film, but, as things stand, if thou goest anywhere this week, be it to see an honest piece of graven imagery, not this religiose rubbish.
Apr 21, 2017
... can be read both as a literal illustration of the story of Christ's suffering at the hands of the Roman... and an anti-authoritarian tract that questions the very assumptions of guilt and blame that many take for granted the film shares.
Jan 17, 2016
Moving. Powerful. Epic. Beautiful.
Dec 28, 2010
Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.
Aug 24, 2010
Gibson's passion is all over this film...but his resorting to mawkish, superficial tactics blows the tone off-course from time to time.
Jul 6, 2010
With a passionate zeal and the budget to back it, Mel Gibson has created a religious epic which is equally unique, inspirational, and repellent.
Aug 26, 2009
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.
Apr 29, 2009
It's a shame there isn't a good movie deep down in this excuse for gore and sadism.
May 17, 2008
It should have been called The Passionator.
Mar 5, 2008
I emerged from The Passion of the Christ depressed and spiritually bruised.
Mar 5, 2008
More sensational than spiritual, this blood-soaked take on the Stations of the Cross retells the Gospels as a horror movie. You can't help asking: where has all the love gone?
Mar 5, 2008
If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.