The Last Temptation of Christ
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and its aftermath are the subject of this sometimes iconoclastic but always passionate religious drama. On its initial release, the film was the center of a notable controversy, thanks to protests… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 12, 1988
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

In an age of post-Christian facetiousness, Martin Scorsese's work daringly attempts to restore passion and melodrama to the Gospel story.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A sincere, typically ambitious and imaginative work from America's most provocatively intelligent film-maker.

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Garry Wills
The New York Review of Books

It is better to trust the visual narrative in this movie than the dialogue, since the visual scenes are so often taken from the rich iconography of Christ's life as envisioned by artists who came to their task with skills greater than those of Kazantzakis

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Variety Staff

A film of challenging ideas, and not salacious provocations.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

What emerges most memorably is its sense of absolute conviction, never more palpable than in the final fantasy sequence that removes Jesus from the cross and creates for him the life of an ordinary man.

Josh Larsen

...the inherent stodginess of Biblical adaptations (to say nothing of Harvey Keitel's Brooklyn accent) ultimately manages to prevail.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Concentrating on the humanity and fallibility of Jesus in continual conflict with his divinity, the film falters as a contemporary statement mainly in its primitive view of women.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Among those who do not already have rigid views on the subject, this film is likely to inspire more serious thought on the nature of Jesus than any other ever made.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Controversial epic with brutality, sex. Mature teens only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
With the Arab world murderously aflame over the depiction of their prophet in some cheesy internet vid I thought it a good time to revisit a work (far more… More
Graham Jones
An extremely challenging film which features a seminal performance by Dafoe and a great score from Peter Gabriel.
Greg S
A retelling of the Gospels focusing on Jesus' internal struggle between flesh and spirit, humanity and divinity, with a twist at the end. An excellent… More
Dan Schultz
A daring, gutsy film concerning the life of Jesus Christ (Willem Dafoe) and his final temptation of living a normal life with a loving wife, kids, and the… More
Zach Brehany
I feel like that, before I write my opinion, that I should clarify something. From the day I was born till I moved from Memphis, I was raised in a Christian… More
Sajin P A
An unconventional flesh and blood version of Jesus Christ, from Scorsese. Not for the week minded.