The Last Temptation of Christ 1988

Critics score:
82 / 100

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Janet Maslin, New York Times: What emerges most memorably is its sense of absolute conviction, never more palpable than in the final fantasy sequence that removes Jesus from the cross and creates for him the life of an ordinary man. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Concentrating on the humanity and fallibility of Jesus in continual conflict with his divinity, the film falters as a contemporary statement mainly in its primitive view of women. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Among those who do not already have rigid views on the subject, this film is likely to inspire more serious thought on the nature of Jesus than any other ever made. Read more

TIME Magazine: In an age of post-Christian facetiousness, Martin Scorsese's work daringly attempts to restore passion and melodrama to the Gospel story. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: A sincere, typically ambitious and imaginative work from America's most provocatively intelligent film-maker. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: A film of challenging ideas, and not salacious provocations. Read more

Hal Hinson, Washington Post: In spite of all [Scorsese] accomplishes, he is unable to bring Jesus close to us, to realize his stated goal of creating a universal figure who symbolizes the spiritual anguish of all men. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: There are too many epic moments and impassioned performances to dismiss Scorsese's work. Read more