The Passion of the Christ (2004) Synopsis
Documenting the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ as written in City of God.
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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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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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There is enlightenment -- even stark poetry -- in The Passion.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By andrewtaylor52
One of the greatest movies I ever saw. I'm glad I'm christian and believe in the Lord. This movie is sad and touching....

Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Atheist, whatever you are, there is nothing in this movie for you.

By Leto Atreides
If you are looking for a guilt trip, then this is the movie for you. Be prepared for an endless display of gory violence and torture which should not sway anyone in the slightest to become a...

The Passion of the Christ (2004) review

By Therumrunner5

Not a movie

By freeagi
Movies have arcs, character development, themes. This is slow-motion torture porn that piggy-backs on people's religious beliefs and information they got elsewhere including better, more meaningful...

By robscherer1
Not for the faint of heart, torture must be horrendous as it is. A story...

By johnny2012
Powerful best passions version yet...

My Father's story.

By jbarreras0508
It's the closest Jesus movie so far to the truth....


By chrisvlafitness
The movie touch many lives to show what our Savior did for man kind!!...

Greatest Stroy Ever!

By kenofadam
Bad movie though....

Passion Of The Christ Movie Review

By Spencer27057
100 out of 100 Powerful, emotional, thrilling and makes us be better because of what Jesus did for us....

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Rated R | For Brutal Violence, Disturbing Content Throughout and Gory Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Extremely violent, and powerful; for mature teens.
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