Paul, Apostle of Christ

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Paul, Apostle of Christ proves a well-intentioned yet disappointingly diffuse interpretation of a Bible story whose flashes of potential never come close to living up to the source material.

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Risking his life, Luke ventures to Rome to visit Paul -- the apostle who's bound in chains and held captive in Nero's darkest and bleakest prison cell. Haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds, Paul wonders if he's been forgotten as he awaits his grisly execution. Before Paul's death, Luke resolves to write another book that details the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

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Olivier Martinez
Mauritius Gallas
Yorgos Karamihos
Saul of Tarsus
Andrew Hyatt
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Eric Groth
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Rick Jackson
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Harrison Powell
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Jim Caviezel
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Gerardo Madrazo
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Scott Richter
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (21)

  • A somber, moving portrait of one of the early church's most significant figures, who led the way at a time when Christians were being burned alive in the streets of Rome, or condemned to death in the arena.

    June 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Largely devoid of sensationalism, a film that delves quietly into substantive issues of belief and forgiveness.

    March 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Fails to fully develop the stakes at hand, but it features more thoughtful world-building than most faith-based films, as well as a bracing honesty about the difficulty of reconciling idealistic credos with a harsh and unforgiving world.

    March 23, 2018 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

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  • A few minutes of thriller-like tension early on gives way to a lot of tediously scripted scenes of whisper-acting that rarely breathe life and humanity into what should be a potent turning point story in a religion's history.

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Caviezel gives a stoic performance as the brave and selfless Luke. Lynch and Whalley are excellent as the husband and wife Christian community leaders Aquila and Priscilla. Costumes, sets, cinematography and editing are all first-rate.

    March 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Paul, Apostle of Christ" struggles to find a compelling entry point to a critical period in the early Christian church ...

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • Jun 25, 2018
    Paul: Apostle of Christ is an inspiring film about the trials and tribulations faced by the early church. As the Apostle Paul awaits execution the Church of Rome sends for Luke to help him and get his guidance on whether they should persevere in the face of Roman persecution or flee the city. Jim Caviezel gives an incredible performance and is backed by a strong supporting cast, including Olivier Martinez and Joanne Whalley. And the film has a powerful message about overcoming hate with love and sacrificing for one's beliefs. Also, the sets and costumes are especially well-done, helping to create an authentic feel for the time period. Still, there are a few narrative issues, with Paul's backstory being awkwardly inserted in flashbacks throughout the film. Yet despite having a few weaknesses, Paul: Apostle of Christ is an extraordinarily compelling biblical drama.
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