The Passion of the Christ - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Passion of the Christ Reviews

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 17, 2016
Moving. Powerful. Epic. Beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a shame there isn't a good movie deep down in this excuse for gore and sadism.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 17, 2008
It should have been called The Passionator.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
For a filmmaker who wants to create an adaptation of the story of Jesus, Mel Gibson's motives seem ironically impure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hiller
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Gibson tends toward populist impulses without much artistry or invention; he prefers bombardment to poetry.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A tormented movie about torment; loopy, over-reaching and occasionally suspicious. Simultaneously, it is a daring artistic endeavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
December 20, 2005
Incredibly intense, unflichingly realistic and powerfully moving...One of the all-time great cinematic achievements...God bless Mel Gibson.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Clark
June 26, 2005
One of the best films of this middle-aged decade.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: D
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