The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John (2003)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Turns out to be surprisingly robust.

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Ben Witherington III
Christianity Today

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a mild, willfully inoffensive film focusing on Jesus' message of love.

Lou Carlozo
Chicago Tribune

Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing.

Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury

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.

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Andre Tavares Simoni
This is the most beautiful film about Jesus that ive seen.