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The Passion of the Christ Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 25, 2004
Bloody to the point of gruesome, moving without being inspiring.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
March 6, 2004
General Jesus Christ is reborn, awarded the most earned Purple Heart in history, and summons his Christian soldiers to march forth and fight whatever battles He calls us to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
February 25, 2004
If this were any other film and any other subject, The Passion would have been slapped with an NC-17 rating faster than you can say "Council of Nicaea."
| Original Score: C+
James Rocchi
February 26, 2004
Mel Gibson's labor of love about the death of Jesus is incredibly labored, recasting his Crucifixion in crimson, slo-mo cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 23, 2004
This graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ misses any spiritual meaning to this seismic event.
Todd Gilchrist
February 25, 2004
By turning the Greatest Story Ever Told into the Goriest Story Ever Told, director Mel Gibson breaks the filmmaking commandment Thou Shall Not Overkill.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
March 26, 2004
Beautiful, violent -- and also funny for all the wrong reasons, and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: D
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
This most human of tales is sadly lacking humanity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
March 16, 2004
Passion might be a courageous, visceral, boldly artistic motion picture, but that it doesn't make a very convincing dramatic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Gibson tends toward populist impulses without much artistry or invention; he prefers bombardment to poetry.
David Cornelius
February 27, 2004
The Passion is a beautiful film, but an empty one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 17, 2008
It should have been called The Passionator.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 24, 2004
If Jesus actually received the amount of punishment dished out in this film, he would have been dead three times over before arriving at Calvary.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 25, 2004
As it plays out, the brutality brings about more numbing revulsion than the revelatory empathy that Mel Gibson intends.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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