The Passion of the Christ Reviews

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April 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.
August 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.
February 2, 2018
For millions of people, Mel Gibson shows them their Jesus and their salvation.
January 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.
April 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.
January 17, 2016
Moving. Powerful. Epic. Beautiful.
December 28, 2010
Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.
August 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.
July 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.
August 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.
April 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.
March 5, 2008
I emerged from The Passion of the Christ depressed and spiritually bruised.
March 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?
March 5, 2008
If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.
July 14, 2007
For a filmmaker who wants to create an adaptation of the story of Jesus, Mel Gibson's motives seem ironically impure.
October 5, 2006
Easily the most controversial film of the year, Gibson's fil is a visually bold, relentlessly violent epos that suffers from a shallow, undernourished narrative and no characterizations to speak of.
September 27, 2006
By giving us the feeling of experiencing Jesus' thoughts, and by making us privy to his prayers, The Passion draws us toward Christ's full humanity like no film before.
August 16, 2006
Mr. Gibson has plucked at the rawest of nerves yet I cannot blame him. He is expressing himself through the medium of film and using the text of his bible as the basis.
May 26, 2006
Director Gibson tends toward populist impulses without much artistry or invention; he prefers bombardment to poetry.
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