The Passion of the Christ - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Passion of the Christ Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
This most human of tales is sadly lacking humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 11, 2005
Father forgive them - Jesus whipped
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 9, 2005
Might be mistaken for an instructional video on meat-tenderizing techniques for cannibal chefs. Mel's a muscular Christian without a philosophical bone in his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
To put so much time, effort and money into something that's ultimately so lifeless seems like a waste to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 25, 2005
Il est intéressant de voir que le film s'attarde surtout à démontrer la mesquinerie de l'homme plutôt que de glorifier le christianisme.
| Original Score: B
Vic Holtreman
January 15, 2005
I don't know how non-believers will react to this, but for me it was an affirmation and strengthening of my faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2004
Whatever else it is -- however flawed we find it -- The Passion of the Christ is a work of art.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
An ambitious, great, and flawed film ... [it] reminds us that this man never quit loving us, never quit forgiving his enemies, even as they tore him to shreds.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
To give Gibson credit, with The Passion he's passionately striving for art, trying to paint the modern equivalent of a Caravaggio canvas on an actor's body. But in a world engulfed by holy war, it's one scary picture.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
Mel Gibson, the Lord love him--and I believe He does, has succeeded in producing the first major motion picture ever that is both spiritually and historically challenging.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Tony Medley
September 26, 2004
A magnificent story well told...For most Christians the crucifixion has become sort of a cliché, something they know happened without really appreciating what agony it was.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 16, 2004
Those with a spiritually vibrant personal relationship to the story may find it as affirming as it is oppressive.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 2, 2004
It's like a bloody Renaissance painting come to life. But the DVD is a disappointment.
| Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 29, 2004
...the director spends so much time recounting in minute and realistic detail the agony of Christ that he neglects the stronger, spiritual message, of love and kindness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
A powerful, artistic expression of one of the most pivotal moments in the Christian religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 20, 2004
'Bien filmada, mejor actuada y sólidamente dirigida. Vale la pena todos y cada uno de los centavos de su producción y del costo del boleto de entrada.'
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Dead languages and horrific violence aside, this is a film everyone should see, whether they hold any religious beliefs or not.
| Original Score: 89/100
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
More of a bludgeon of evangelism than a work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 13, 2004
As a work of devotion and faith, "The Passion" is a success. As a piece of filmmaking, it is a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
A work that is as horrifying as it is beautiful, as disturbing as it is gratifying, and as powerful as it is controversial.
| Original Score: 4/4
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