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Based on 18 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If you are a thoughtful, open-minded person see this reverent exploration into the mystery of Jesus, the man. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The crucifixion is the strongest such scene of all time. [26 Aug 1988] show more

  • 80
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Scorsese has created a Judea that is dusty and harsh, where visions in the middle of a night seem like. Some of the visual compositions are dizzyingly beautiful; the Crucifixion scene couldn't be more masterful, or heartbreaking. [11Aug 1988, p.1] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Here is a film that engaged me on the subject of Christ's dual nature, that caused me to think about the mystery of a being who could be both God and man. I cannot think of another film on a religious subject that has challenged me more fully. The film has offended those whose ideas about God and man it does not reflect. But then, so did Jesus. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    Powerful, haunting, and at times very moving, The Last Temptation of Christ presents its account of the events and conflicts of Christ's life with a depth of dramatized feeling and motivation that renders them freshly compelling. show more

  • 88
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Dafoe manages to draw us into the mystery, anguish and joy of the holy life. This is anything but another one of those boring biblical costume epics. There is genuine challenge and hope in this movie. [12 Aug 1988, p.A] show more

  • 88
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Scorsese and Schrader have made a courageous film that people of all religions or no religion should be able to watch with identical fascination. [10 Aug 1988. pg. C.4] show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It could have been shorter, some of its exchanges misfire, but I respect The Last Temptation of Christ, and I'm much more for it than against it. It's the most spiritual biblical movie of our times. [2 Sep 1988, p.25] show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    This was controversial at the time and that put alot of people off, believing that the film was probably all hype, but this is a respectful and complex work of fiction around the concepts of the biblical character and his life. show more

  • 90
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    It would seem impossible that anyone looking into the heart and the clear intent of the film would fail to see Scorsese's passion for his subject. And if our world is becoming so dangerously constricted that we're forbidden even to look, that is something we should all worry about. [12 Aug 1988, p.1] show more

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