"THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST"
Some reviews by ordinary folks
Mel Gibson (b. 1958) is an Academy Award winning actor and director. He
co-wrote, directed, co-produced, and financed the "The Passion of the Christ."
The movie opened in thousands of movie theatres across North America on
2004-FEB-25 -- Ash Wednesday.
Comments from people who have seen the movie are listed below
Response of visitors to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution web site:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted a poll of its web site visitors.
||78.2% "Go see it;"
||11.8% "I didn't watch it;"
||4.3% "It's too brutal."
Response of visitors to the Beliefnet web site:
Beliefnet asked a general question: "What do you think of 'The Passion of
the Christ'." They gave three options:
||82% indicated "Thumbs up."
||10% indicated "Thumbs down."
||8% had "mixed feelings."
They asked a rather loaded question: "My main concerns about 'Passion'
involve:" In doing so, they assumed that the visitor to their site had
concerns. They gave four options, but only permitted the voter to select one:
||47% said that they "don't have any concerns."
||20% were concerned about biblical accuracy.
||17% were concerned about anti-semitism.
||5% were concerned about violence/gore.
Response of a poll conducted by
CWS conducted a poll of
visitors to their web site. They asked the question: "Do you believe Mel
Gibson's, 'The Passion of the Christ' was inspired by God?" Responses were:
||80.3% said yes.
||19.7% said no.
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Response of visitors to the Yahoo! web site:
On 2004-FEB-26, the average rating given by 16,261 visitors to the Yahoo! web
site was an "A minus." 2
Listed below are excerpts from a dozen out of the 4,079 user reviews on the Yahoo!
web site. 2 Spelling and grammar have been corrected:
||Currahee1983: A+ rating: "This film was so well done. Mel
Gibson took a great risk to make a film version of a historical event that
is so well known and cherished. There were times that I could not restrain
myself from weeping....The directing was honest and true...the violence was
accurate and necessary in a true telling. The acting was absolutely
phenomenal and believable....This film will change lives. It is by far the
most accurate and honest representation of the Biblical passion of Christ."
||Eflyg: B+ rating: "Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ will
leave you emotionally tired. The film portrays the brutal torture and
suffering of Jesus. The film uses some flashbacks to allude to Jesus'
teachings and sermons; I would have liked to see more. The flogging scene
last 30-40 minutes and the constant abuse becomes ridiculous. On the up
side, the acting is incredible, the visuals are artfully done, and Mel
Gibson's direction shows his faith and character. Concerning the graphic
violence, I believe that the movie may be too much for some 13 year olds."
||WoodlandHeights: C+ rating: "Overall I was a little
disappointed with the direction that Mel took with this movie. Granted, he
wanted to visualize the last 12 hours of Christ, but I feel that in doing so
the movie dragged in some areas and the violence was definitely over kill.
(i.e. how many times can you watch Christ walking in slow motion and fall?)
And by doing it in this manner, I also feel that the true message of Christ
and why he died was TOTALLY lost. Only Christians could possibly understand
this movie, and maybe it would have been a better movie if it's point was
aimed at a broader audience."
||ImAIdiot99999: B rating: "If you have any problems with the
way this movie portrays Christ and his last 12 hours, put 25 million of your
own money on the table and tell it the way you think it should be told. If
you think this movie will offend you, don't go see it. Look deeper than your
own emotion and views, and see the movie as a movie; the telling of a story.
We seem to be able to fathom the fact that superheroes can fly, fairies
exist, and battles to determine intergalactic peace reign, but we have a
hard time believing the possibility that a man suffered, and suffered quite
brutally, for what he believed, and died as a result of that."
||Dipak_Nambiar: A+ rating: "I am a Hindu and i found this movie
absolutely stunning. Irrespective of your faith, i believe that one needs to
watch this movie simply because this is a great film. Watch it, this movie
will have a profound impact on you."
||Il_Michael_Padrino: A+ rating: "This is the most powerful
movie I have ever seen in my life. Ultimate acting, ultimate directing and
ultimate film. All my favorite films such as Godfather and Scarface will
pave way for this heavenly film. No wonder God made his own approval by
casting His lighting onto Jim Caviezel during the shooting of the sermon.
Through this movie you will save lots of lives.
"As for anti-semitic accusation, that is a cop out, the only person I feel
like smacking are the critics and those who are trying the destroy Mel
Gibson without even seeing the film."
||Mattchi: D rating: "Mel Gibson....is self-obsessed and so is his
film. I don't believe extreme violence is necessary in ANY film. My
imagination is vivid enough to get the picture. Just like the old
black-and-white films -- when a man was shot and fell down, I did not need
red blood and splattered guts to understand that the character was dead."
||CynthiaHintz: A+ rating: "Every year during
the last few days of Lent we as Christians hear and read the passion of
Christ, but never ever did it come home to roost until this film. This film
is soul shaking! It hits you right in the gut and when you try to take a
deep breath to recover, it hits you again and again. Every human being needs
to see this film, no matter what faith they follow. The only thing that
seems to go around in my mind and heart is, 'For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son.' Please see this film. It will change you."
||NavyAngelsB: A rating: "Beautifully done! A lot of talk about
the violence, and yes it is extremely violent but for a just cause. It is
what truly happened, and people sometimes seem to forget how much He
suffered for us. For those who are not religious (and this is not said in a
mean way, for I know many who aren't and still love them to death) it is
also historically accurate. I love how gory movies about killing innocent
people and ravishing whole towns are barely ever thought twice about or
condemned for their brutality, but a movie with truth and a moral behind it
is. Unbelievable, isn't it? Anyway, highly recommended to all."
||RSorrell2002: A+ rating: "I truly believe God allowed this
movie to be rebirth [sic] because of what the world has become today. The
world is out of control and he needs to remind us of his death. He didn't
have to do it but, he did. He is warning us. GET IT TOGETHER OR DIE IN YOUR
SINS. Jesus died for our sins so that we could ask for forgiveness,. For us
to sin knowingly is wrong. But we continue to live our live not fearing
God's wrath. Take heed to this movie and examine yourself."
||Adore771: A+ rating: "The Passion of the Christ, which I just
saw today, changed me. Almost everyone in the theatre room were crying or
weeping. This movie will change the world."
||RyanMcUSA: A rating: "Yes, I saw it. Yes it moved me. Go see
it. Leave everything you've heard about it beforehand at home. Experience
the film for what it is, not what you want it to be or what you are afraid
it will stir in others. It is a magnificent piece of art that will provoke
thought and discussion more than any film I can recollect. This film is one
man's interpretation of the basis of his faith."
Response of visitors to the Focus on the Family web site:
Focus on the Family is a fundamentalist Christian agency with head
office in Colorado. It asked visitors to its web site to write in with their
experiences while watching "The Passion of the Christ." Almost 1,500 did.
Most loved the movie; a very few did not. You can read their responses at:
Phil Kloer, "The Passion of the Christ," Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, 2004-FEB-25, at:
"The Passion of The Christ," Yahoo! Movies, at:
"Beliefnet polls: Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'," at
Copyright © 2004 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2004-FEB-27
Latest update: 2004-MAR-9
Author: B.A. Robinson