63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
This is not a film for neophytes: It proceeds from the assumption that the viewer is familiar with the events and people of Jesus' life, and is probably right in doing so: Its intended audience is seriously Christian.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Filled with close-ups of Jesus and his apostles (all the better to hide the absence of elaborate period sets), mixing quotes from the Scripture with flat exposition, this low-budget affair is earnest and, alas, more than a little bit cartoonish.
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50

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Save for Jesus' skin color, which he shares with some of his fellow Jews, little about the story is re-imagined or re-evaluated.
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30

Washington Post

By Stephen Hunter
This feels like a cramped, TV-style retelling, with small groups of people, no special effects, in some ways almost cheesy.
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30

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
Once the revisionist frisson of a black Jesus, not to mention Mary, Joseph and Judas, has worn off, one is stuck with more mundane matters such as story dynamics, visual style and character verisimilitude, much to the misfortune of the audience.
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30

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Though the film's final, disturbing image forces race to the forefront and belatedly raises wider issues of persecution, its most controversial suggestion is not that Jesus might have been black but that he might have been a really terrible actor.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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