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The Passion of the Christ
Mel Gibson's well-publicized production The Passion of the Christ concerns the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The dialogue is spoken in the ancient Aramaic language, along with Latin and Hebrew. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus (James Caviezel) is betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello). Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demand his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Gibson has gone to a lot of sweat and expense to make a movie that doesn't say much of anything new."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The film's lack of discretion robs the viewer of his or own conception of Christ's crucifixion. It is an exploitative disservice to "the greatest story ever told," that reduces that illustrious narrative to an extended torture episode."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"I emerged from The Passion of the Christ depressed and spiritually bruised."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Gibson's passion is all over this film...but his resorting to mawkish, superficial tactics blows the tone off-course from time to time."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It's a shame there isn't a good movie deep down in this excuse for gore and sadism."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"More sensational than spiritual, this blood-soaked take on the Stations of the Cross retells the Gospels as a horror movie. You can't help asking: where has all the love gone?"
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"[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."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"With a passionate zeal and the budget to back it, Mel Gibson has created a religious epic which is equally unique, inspirational, and repellent."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"All [Gibson has] to trade in the Hollywood conventions of yesteryear for the crasser, more bloodthirsty conventions of today."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"For a filmmaker who wants to create an adaptation of the story of Jesus, Mel Gibson's motives seem ironically impure."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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