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100
Chicago Sun-Times
This is not a sermon or a homily, but a visualization of the central event in the Christian religion. Take it or leave it.
88
ReelViews
A gripping, powerful motion picture -- arguably the most forceful depiction of Jesus' death ever to be committed to film. It leaves an indelible imprint on the psyche; viewers of this movie may never look at a crucifix in quite the same way.
75
Entertainment Weekly
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.
75
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.
75
There is enlightenment -- even stark poetry -- in The Passion.
75
Miami Herald
It's a strange kind of spiritual movie -- one that aims for the gut more often than the heart.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
The Passion of the Christ should have left audiences in a state of exaltation. Instead it just leaves audiences exhausted.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
40
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.
25
New York Daily News
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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