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The Passion of the Christ Reviews

March 5, 2008
If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.
February 9, 2006
A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.
March 18, 2004
[Gibson's] film, virtually stripped of Jesus's incandescent views, is little more that a record of one of the thousands of barbarities committed by the Romans in Judea.
March 4, 2004
Mr. Gibson has gone to a lot of sweat and expense to make a movie that doesn't say much of anything new.
March 4, 2004
Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate.
February 27, 2004
Puts us in a situation where we can't help but feel Jesus's pain. If only Gibson had taken the time to tell more of us why it mattered.
February 27, 2004
A very dour, pedestrian picture.
February 26, 2004
A big, bold, nightmarishly beautiful film not just about the dawn of the Christian faith, but about the awful tendency of human communities (wherever and whenever in the world they may exist) toward self-preservation, intolerance and mob rule.
February 26, 2004
This is a movie so singular, so intense, so overwhelming that it simply has to be experienced.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 25, 2004
A film of artistic ambition and devotion.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2004
Gibson makes many of the key scenes work.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 25, 2004
There are scenes in The Passion that will remain forever with those who see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2004
A filmed bloodletting like no other on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour torture sequence.
Read More | Original Score: C
February 25, 2004
Controversy aside, The Passion is ultimately a movie -- and a masterful one at that, obviously the work of an extremely talented filmmaker.
February 25, 2004
Bloody to the point of gruesome, moving without being inspiring.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 25, 2004
Instead of letting his reverence broaden him, Gibson uses his action-movie expertise to reduce the Crucifixion to something kinetic, literal and merely tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 25, 2004
The extreme violence does not teach a lesson; it's an end in itself, more suited to the S&M crowd than to anyone seeking an uplifting sermon on everlasting redemption.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 25, 2004
Gibson ultimately seems to be preaching to the choir, rejecting standard storytelling conventions such as introducing his characters, assuming his audience already knows everything he's about to tell us.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 25, 2004
What graphic sex is to the use of the body in hardcore porno, graphic violence is to destruction of the body of Christ in this Passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 25, 2004
May have succeeded in exploiting Jesus's death for its most highly pitched emotion and drama. But in the process, for many believers, it may have served only to trivialize and further obscure the story's most central and sacred mysteries.
February 25, 2004
Gibson has made a movie for nobody, really, but Gibson.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 25, 2004
Blood-soaked pop theology for a doom-laden time, its effect that of a gripping yet reductive paradox: It lifts us downward.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 25, 2004
Bears the same relation to other biblical epics as a charnel house does to your local deli.
February 25, 2004
So obsessively and so graphically bloody-minded that it comes perilously close to the pornography of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 24, 2004
Despite controversies swirling around the movie, one cannot deny that Gibson has made a stunning film, beautifully photographed in contrasting dark and golden hues by Caleb Deschanel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2004
This is a two-hour-and- six-minute snuff movie -- The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre -- that thinks it's an act of faith.
February 24, 2004
A gripping, powerful motion picture -- arguably the most forceful depiction of Jesus' death ever to be committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 24, 2004
This work of obvious devotion may well be the first spiritual splatter film. It makes Gladiator and Braveheart -- even Friday the 13th -- seem mild by comparison.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2004
Regardless of how you feel about the movie's message, you're certain to leave the movie feeling something about the movie itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2004
Controversy over whether it will inflame anti-Semitism guarantees huge audiences, and many people may be profoundly moved. But as a film it is quite bad.
Read More | Original Score: F
February 24, 2004
Controversy aside, it is dramatically intense, skillfully constructed and often harrowing, in ways that should have an impact on people of any or no particular faith.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 24, 2004
The Passion of the Christ is so relentlessly focused on the savagery of Jesus' final hours that this film seems to arise less from love than from wrath, and to succeed more in assaulting the spirit than in uplifting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 24, 2004
Less reverential than razzle-dazzlin', more an episode in the history of show business than a religious epiphany.
February 24, 2004
As a true reading of the Gospels -- the director's much-vaunted aim -- the film falls abruptly short.
February 24, 2004
The Passion doesn't suffer from the airless, pious airs that drag down most biblical dramas: It has a muscular, pounding energy and lyrical, almost gothic beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2004
If you come seeking theological subtlety, let alone such modern inventions as psychological depth, you'll walk away battered and empty-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2004
The movie is a compendium of tortures that would horrify the regulars at an S&M club.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 24, 2004
I was moved by the depth of feeling, by the skill of the actors and technicians, by their desire to see this project through no matter what.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2004
Mel Gibson's Passion, though well-acted, technically impressive and initially moving, is for the most part not beautiful and certainly not ennobling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 24, 2004
An impressive, ultra-violent -- and deeply troubling -- take on Jesus' final hours.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2004
A film so narrowly focused as to be inaccessible for all but the devout.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 24, 2004
In the end, one can respect Gibson's high intentions and dedicated work, while remaining spiritually and dramatically unmoved by the result.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 23, 2004
Mel Gibson shows once again that he's skilled at depicting violence. But you'd be hard pressed to find evidence of 'tolerance, love and forgiveness' that the producer-director-co-writer insists he's trying to communicate.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 23, 2004
The basic message of Christianity -- love your brother -- is obscured under torrents of blood to the point of benumbing the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2004
Gravely intense and the work of a man as deeply committed to his subject as one could hope for or, for that matter, want.
February 23, 2004
[Gibson] has made a serious, handsome, excruciating film that radiates total commitment.
February 23, 2004
The movie Gibson has made from his personal obsessions is a sickening death trip, a grimly unilluminating procession of treachery, beatings, blood, and agony.
February 23, 2004
The Passion of the Christ is powerfully moving and fanatically obtuse in equal doses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2004
This graphic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ misses any spiritual meaning to this seismic event.
February 23, 2004
Instead of being moved by Christ's suffering, or awed by his sacrifice, I felt abused by a filmmaker intent on punishing an audience, for who knows what sins.
February 23, 2004
This is the most powerful, important and by far the most graphic interpretation of Christ's final hours ever put on film.