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Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Altogether too faithful to its source. The makers of this ponderously middlebrow Canadian production have re-created the Gospel of John in its pristine entirety -- word for word, miracle for miracle.
  2. It's interesting to see a movie of this kind based on a single gospel, with no additions or interpolations from other sources. But except for a few scenes that evoke the reverent beauty of Renaissance painting, the filmmaking and acting are awfully stiff -- certainly not worthy of the timeless story being told.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The Gospel of John is to "The Passion of the Christ" as tap water is to parboiled sacramental wine.
  4. Though it has loftier aims, it is in reality strictly a film made by believers for believers. It's like the Discovery Channel version of the Greatest Story Ever Told, an earnest, not particularly distinguished piece of work that has none of the touch of the poet that made Pasolini's "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" such a triumph.
  5. This is an ideal straight-ahead version of Jesus's story, built around Christopher Plummer's offscreen narration, for people who don't already know all the details and can't follow all of "The Passion of the Christ" without a synopsis.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Dramatically powerful, surprising in its strong narrative differences from previous cinematic tellings of "the greatest story" and bold in the extent to which it presents Jesus as a confrontational and threatening figure in the Judean context of the time.
  7. 40
    A slick, earnest, ultimately inert adaptation of the eponymous book of the Bible.
  8. 50
    Watching The Gospel of John is like listening to a religious audiotape while working a picture flip-book of the Bible.
  9. A dramatization of the life of Christ that takes as its script a word-for-word translation of the Gospel according to John, the adaptation is not so much tedious as pointless.
  10. 50
    In the wake of T"he Passion Of The Christ," the three-hour chore takes on some positive qualities it wouldn't have had otherwise.
  11. 80
    It aims simply to relate a great and enveloping story -- one that may lead us to ponder the things that unite (rather than distance) peoples of differing belief systems, and may compel us to marvel at the many wonderful and horrible endeavors undertaken in the name of religion.
  12. This well-made epic boasts carefully researched production values and the talents of classically trained actors, but by literally playing it by the book, the picture loses something dramatic in the translation.
  13. Reviewed by: Lou Carlozo
    50
    Not a triumph or a tragedy, but faithful to its subject matter. And faithful, in this case, seems fitting.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 13, 2014
    10
    The Gospel of John vividly portrays, word for word from the Gospel according to John, the life of Jesus from the beginning of his mission to the time just before his ascension into heaven. Superb acting, sets, costumes, and more importantly the Son of Man's message of hope comes across in terms we all can understand. Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2013
    0
    It sucks, don't get it. Don't watch. Don't look at it. Just don't.................................................................................
  3. AFS.
    Jun 5, 2007
    10
    Great film makes the unique character of this Gospel come through. Too bad few other films take this purist approach. Convincing acting, good cast. We need more like it. Full Review »