Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Norman Jewison's film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice stage success examines the last weeks in the life of Jesus (Ted Neeley). The concept of the film is of a group of contemporary players who perform production numbers in a… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 15, 1973
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 55% 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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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Dated, unconventional rock opera has some violence.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Flawed, but still worthwhile film of the show.

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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TV 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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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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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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Christopher Null

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A super tacky rock opera that looks awfully outdated and has only a few good songs amid many horrible ones (of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice), but… More
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
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 V
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