Mary Magdalene (2018) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for some bloody and disturbing images

Sex & Nudity

  • The scene in which Jesus baptises Mary Magdalene in the lake and her dress becomes slightly translucent while they are standing close and almost hugging might be considered to have sexual overtones.
  • Jesus and Mary do not have a sexual or romantic relationship. The closest they come is when Jesus tenderly strokes Mary's hair and face with his hand. But it goes no farther.
  • A woman tells Jesus a horrific story of how a woman, when she was caught with a man not her husband, was raped and killed.
  • In the movie's postscript, we're told that Pope Gregory declared that Mary was a prostitute--a misnomer that still lingers in popular imagination, even though the Vatican itself backed away from that declaration some decades ago.

Violence & Gore

  • Remains of a crucified person shown (not closeup); burnt corpses are shown (not closeup) after a Roman massacre; a child is severely emaciated with hunger; crucifixion scenes are fairly bloody with emphasis on the nails through hands and feet.
  • Goats are handled by knife-toting priests covered in blood.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol was customarily drunk with meals in first century Palestine, so presumably is in film, but there is no notice given to it, even in the "Last Supper" scene.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The some might find the scene of Jesus reanimating the corpse of a dead man creepy.
  • Mary's exorcism can be quite frightening for young viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Peter and Mary visit a nearly deserted village where only the sick and dying remain. We see plenty of seriously sick, almost skeletal, people there, and some of them die while Mary and, (eventually) Peter care for them. They discover some grotesque-looking corpses, too-including one still-smoking body whose arms have been tied to a wooden beam.
  • Judas hangs himself, and we see his lifeless body dangling in a doorway.
  • The movie chronicles Jesus' Passion in some detail: He staggers through the streets of Jerusalem, His shoulders bloodied and a crown of thorns on His head, as He tries to carry a wooden beam (tied to his arms) up the hill. We see the nails in His wrists and feet and watch as He suffers. He has visions of His impending death, too, and those visions show up onscreen.

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