The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
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The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration. The Gospel of John was shown… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"Turns out to be surprisingly robust."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The "Word made flesh" has now become the Word made visible. In an age of visuals, it might just attract many who would never take the time to read John's gospel."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
"Whatever this is, it sure isn't cinema. There's no adaptation, no reconfiguration of the material from one medium to another."
‑ Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
"Despite claims to the contrary, The Gospel does come off as a three-hour long Sunday School lesson."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"The sad truth is that director Philip Saville and writer John Goldsmith have made a picture book rather than a film, one that leans so heavily on Christopher Plummer's placid voice-over narration as to be cinematically inert."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"...a mild, willfully inoffensive film focusing on Jesus' message of love."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Henry Ian Cusick creates a persuasive Jesus, a savior as happy as often as he is solemn."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Emphasis on maintaining the text 'as is' universally renders the effort into an essentially passionless Bible story"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential."
‑ Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune
"Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A slugglishly painful, uninteresting film that might be of value to New Testament students who don't like to read words unless they come with pictures."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"An artful, well-made production."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"as for the text itself that has the Jews egging Pilate on, well, it is what it is. And that would be less than philo-semetic."
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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