The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ (2004)

This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his condemnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 31, 2004
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80%



Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The graphic details of Jesus' torture make the movie tough to sit through and obscure whatever message it is trying to convey.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Mr. Gibson has gone to a lot of sweat and expense to make a movie that doesn't say much of anything new.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

A negative and spiritually underwhelming experience.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Gibson's passion is all over this film...but his resorting to mawkish, superficial tactics blows the tone off-course from time to time.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

[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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

With a passionate zeal and the budget to back it, Mel Gibson has created a religious epic which is equally unique, inspirational, and repellent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Unnecessary and gimicky. Is speaking throughout the movie in Latin and Aramaic somehow supposed to make the viewer feel closer to Christ? I wouldn't… More
Alex roy
Passion of the Christ is actually an average film with good acting. I enjoyed the film, but didn't think it was a masterpiece. Jim Caviezel portrays Jesus… More
Lucas Martins
Criative and the best work by Mel Gibson in direction. We could see that the actors, and Gibson and Fitzgerald are a moving and an unique portrait of Jesus… More
Albert Kim
Though I understand that "The Passion of the Christ" isn't exactly an accessible movie that delves into the reasons why Jesus endured what He… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Mel Gibson is an amazing film maker, his direction and visual style is… More
Joe McCall
Every christian in america was guilted into loving this movie. In reality it's nothing more than a well made slasher movie that focuses on all the wrong… More

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