Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

The filmed adaptation of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is an account of the last week in the life of Christ, and is reenacted in Israel by a group of young people.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The music quickly becomes monotonous, and the operatic dialogue is silly right from the start.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Yvonne Elliman is electrifying as Mary Magdalene, and Carl Anderson couldn't have been better as Judas; but Ted Neeley as Jesus is more whiny than heroic.

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Christopher Null

Overall: Some good songs, some interesting choreography, and some utterly forgotten actors.

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Time Out

Despite the 'impressive' desert locations and an array of tanks (to represent the ills of modern militarism), it's still staged like a student revue.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

If it weren't for Lost Horizon, this would have gone down in history as the Worst Musical of 1973.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Like a baptism by fire, Jesus Christ Superstar rarely leaves the viewer in lukewarm waters

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Jewison, a director of large talent, has taken a piece of commercial shlock and turned it into a Biblical movie with dignity.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Flawed, but still worthwhile film of the show.


[A] rather tedious, if flamboyant affair.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This film is about the week before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by the Romans, and the relationship between Jesus and Judas. Also, if the title doesn't… More
AJ Verser
One of the best musicals of the 70s, best uplifting Jesus related films, and just super cool. I love this movie.
Lucas Martins
A surreal portrait of Jesus with a mix of 70's and music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Jesus Christ Superstar it's also a tense, unique and sometimes… More
erika bruhns
really good film
Jacob Ethington
This is not the best movie musical ever made, not even close. But is it highly enjoyable? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: This is one of the most surreal films… More
Lady D'arbanville
Andrew Lloyd Webber?s musical is very dated and after just 15 minutes I turned it off (not something I do very often). I believe the musical has probably since… More