The Passion of the Christ
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Sex & Nudity


None whatsoever. Jesus' bare chest and legs are seen but that is all.

Violence & Gore

10/10 This movie is renowned for its graphic violence and very brutal beatings. It is indeed a very hard film to watch.

A man has his ear cut right from the beginning of the movie: we can see blood on his hand when he touches his wound and he later shows it to Jesus who cures him. A very bloody scene in that we see for a few seconds the bloody wound and the area where the ear was.

Many scenes consist almost entirely of Jesus being beaten and tortured. This includes being slapped quite early in the film by many Jewish authority figures in the Temple and later whipped and kicked by Roman soldiers for the rest of the motion picture.

A man hangs himself after he's had visions of demons chasing him. Quite disturbing in itself but also because he does this near the corpse of a dead animal, which is rotten and sun-burnt, with flies around it and worms eating it.

There is a prolonged, graphic whipping scene, with a lot of lashes seen onscreen and lots of spraying blood and even chunks of flesh. This scene really goes on for a while and although it is cut with some flashback sequences, it remains harsch and incredibly brutal...note that the Romans who are whipping Jesus are really amused by what they are doing, and this somehow makes the scene more difficult still.

Shortly after this, a man puts a crown of thorn on Jesus' head: this cuts the top of his head deeply and causes blood to drop on his face...a quite disturbing scene.

Jesus is beaten many times throughout the film, with extreme sadism from the men who beat him.They seem to enjoy it immensely.

It also contains what is perhaps the most gruesome crucifixion sequence ever committed to film, with shots of the nails entering Jesus' hands, feet and causing blood to spray from the wounds. A man also pulls Jesus' arm until it breaks in order to place his hand on the right part of the cross.

Two more men are seen crucified, their hands are very bloody( where the nail entered it) and they are of course in intense pain because of their condition. Later, when the weather becomes really bad, they have their legs broken with heavy hammers by Roman soldiers. Quite disturbing.

A man puts a spear in Jesus' flank and a lot of blood comes out of the wound and falls on the face of the aforementioned man( very graphic).

A man, which is also crucified, has his eye and forehead deeply cut by the beak of a bird: quite bloody but not long lasting though.

A few other instances of violence directed towards people on the street or on the way to the scene of crucifixion.

Extremely graphic violence overall, not meant for anyone besides adults.


3/10 It is quite difficult to give this section a rating since not all words spoken in the movie are translated...

But still, one mild obscenity ('damn' in the English subtitles), one instance of "Jew" being used as an insult.

Jesus is also constantly mocked by people and, as a result, it is very likely that he is insulted by them as well. But these insults ,if they are really insults, are not often subtitled.


People drink wine in a couple of scenes. This includes Jesus passing around a cup full of wine to his disciples.

People ( mostly Romans actually) appear to be drunk in a couple of scenes,and they mock Jesus and spit wine on him.

Frightening/Intense 9/10.

The movie is highly intense, gruesome and gory due to the story it tells.

Satan is shown several times. His appearance is not all that much scary, but the whole demonic presence may be very frightening to some. During one scene, he is shown holding what seems to be a demon baby, and the baby smiles evilly. This scene could frighten viewers. Towards the end of the film, Satan is shown screaming in a pit ( quite possibly a representation of hell).

Throughout the film, Jesus is clearly frightened and in immense pain, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. This may be disturbing for just about every viewer.

Judas starts to see demons after he turns Jesus in. Children are shown to be possessed by demons and threatening him. Their faces are deformed and this is rather disturbing.

The image of Jesus nailed to the cross is not frightening, but it's pretty disturbing and very intense.

Other than the violence, there is virtually no explicit content. The violence in this film all has meaning and is never pointless or glamorized for entertainment. It is extremely emotional and intentionally difficult to watch.

For this reason there is no exact age at which this film becomes appropriate, and it is up to the parents to decide when they feel their child is mature enough to handle the film.

Total: 27/50. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence. Not a high rating due to the absence of sexual scenes or profanity, but still a very mature film, not to be seen by anyone under 13-14 at least.

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for intense sequences of strong graphic violence.

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Rated R for sequences of graphic violence (original rating)
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