If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me. full review
[Gibson's] film, virtually stripped of Jesus's incandescent views, is little more that a record of one of the thousands of barbarities committed by the Romans in Judea. full review
Mr. Gibson has gone to a lot of sweat and expense to make a movie that doesn't say much of anything new.
Whereas the words say love, love, love, the sounds and images say hate, hate, hate. full review
Puts us in a situation where we can't help but feel Jesus's pain. If only Gibson had taken the time to tell more of us why it mattered.
This is a movie so singular, so intense, so overwhelming that it simply has to be experienced. full review
Gibson makes many of the key scenes work.
There are scenes in The Passion that will remain forever with those who see it. full review
A filmed bloodletting like no other on record, essentially a terribly graphic two-hour torture sequence.
Controversy aside, The Passion is ultimately a movie -- and a masterful one at that, obviously the work of an extremely talented filmmaker. full review
Bloody to the point of gruesome, moving without being inspiring. full review
Working with premier cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, Gibson effectively hurls us into Christ's living nightmare, creating a mesmerizing twilight zone that is creepy and utterly unforgettable. full review
Instead of letting his reverence broaden him, Gibson uses his action-movie expertise to reduce the Crucifixion to something kinetic, literal and merely tragic. full review
The extreme violence does not teach a lesson; it's an end in itself, more suited to the S&M crowd than to anyone seeking an uplifting sermon on everlasting redemption.
Gibson ultimately seems to be preaching to the choir, rejecting standard storytelling conventions such as introducing his characters, assuming his audience already knows everything he's about to tell us. full review
What graphic sex is to the use of the body in hardcore porno, graphic violence is to destruction of the body of Christ in this Passion. full review
May have succeeded in exploiting Jesus's death for its most highly pitched emotion and drama. But in the process, for many believers, it may have served only to trivialize and further obscure the story's most central and sacred mysteries.