Jesus Christ Superstar
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The second Biblical epic to be turned into a musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, this box-office disappointment recounts the last week in the life of Jesus Christ in rock-opera format and from the surprising point of view of Christ's betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Carl Anderson stars as Judas, who has begun to believe that Jesus (Ted Neeley) has sold out and started buying into the mythology that's quickly springing up around him. Particularly disturbing to Judas is the relationship between Jesus and his friend Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman), a prostitute. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"The music quickly becomes monotonous, and the operatic dialogue is silly right from the start."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overall: Some good songs, some interesting choreography, and some utterly forgotten actors."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Ted Neeley is great but the film never rises to the material."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"If it weren't for Lost Horizon, this would have gone down in history as the Worst Musical of 1973."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Like a baptism by fire, Jesus Christ Superstar rarely leaves the viewer in lukewarm waters"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Jesus Christ Superstar makes a better musical than a movie."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Jewison, a director of large talent, has taken a piece of commercial shlock and turned it into a Biblical movie with dignity."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Flawed, but still worthwhile film of the show."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[A] rather tedious, if flamboyant affair."
‑ , Film4
"If only all biblical films could be this groovy."
‑ Ted Prigge,
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