The Passion of the Christ Reviews

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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.
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.
April 14, 2004
It's almost impossible not to be moved by Jim Caviezel's vulnerability as Christ, even if the idea that he is no 'mere' man is never in doubt.
April 9, 2004
And any power these explicit scenes have is in any case undermined by the absurd tweeness of the final moments.
March 19, 2004
A high-gloss exploitation picture, obsessed with the Death Jesus conquered, rather than the Life he gave -- and gives.
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.
Top Critic
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.
February 25, 2004
A film of artistic ambition and devotion.
February 25, 2004
Gibson makes many of the key scenes work.
February 25, 2004
There are scenes in The Passion that will remain forever with those who see it.
February 25, 2004
A filmed bloodletting like no other on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour torture sequence.
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.
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.
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