100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is not a sermon or a homily, but a visualization of the central event in the Christian religion. Take it or leave it.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Powerfully moving and fanatically obtuse in equal doses. The typical star rating doesn't apply, because scenes range from classic to poor and all stops in between.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There is enlightenment -- even stark poetry -- in The Passion.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Tempting as it may be to dismiss Mel Gibson as a glorified pain freak, dressing up a martyrdom fantasy in Aramaic and Latin, it would be more accurate, I think, to say that the filmmaker, a Catholic fundamentalist, presents his torture-racked vision of Jesus' last 12 hours on earth as a sacred form of shock therapy.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Seems to be exactly the movie Mel Gibson wanted to make as an abiding profession of his traditionalist Catholic faith. On that score it is a success.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Passion of the Christ should have left audiences in a state of exaltation. Instead it just leaves audiences exhausted.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Gibson's intense concentration on the scourging and whipping of the physical body virtually denies any metaphysical significance to the most famous half-day in history.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Too much Good Friday and not enough Easter Sunday. Emphasizing Jesus' agony over His ecstasy, Gibson has delivered a blood-drenched epic more stunning for its brutal violence than for its depiction of the calvary.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What I do know is that I was gripped for a while by the strength of Mr. Gibson's filmmaking, only to be repelled and eventually excluded by his literalist insistence on excruciation. There is watching in horror, and there is watching in horror.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is the most virulently anti-Semitic movie made since the German propaganda films of World War II. It is sickening.
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47 out of 100
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