Overall Rank: 1408
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 99
Theatrical Release Date: 08/12/1988
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Willem Dafoe, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Irvin Kershner, Harry Dean Stanton
Plot: The fictional story of Jesus until his death - dealing with his human temptations.
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The Host - wrote on 11/02/2012
One of those rare cases where a movie is every bit as fascinating as the controversy behind it. One of Martin Scorsese's finest work.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 12/29/2011
An overwrought retelling of a familiar story that is so determined to appear different from traditional ideas, that it often falls short in connecting with the audience. The acting is flat, the story disjointed, and the symbolism often beats you over the head with its points.
Allison - wrote on 12/21/2007
This film is terrible. I remember the controversy surrounding the film and stayed away for so long. Since it was Scorsese I tried viewing it with an open mind, but I found it terrible regardless of the subject matter. Sorry. Even Barbara Hershy and Willem Dafoe seemed flat and they are decent actors usually.
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cacb3995 - wrote on 03/30/2018
Regarding controversial subjects, religion is one of the most sensitive issues around the world, even today. And regarding controversial films, those that thematize religion in ways that its followers don’t care for tend to find themselves in the eye of the hurricane. That is the case of Martin Scorsese’s epic “The Last Temptation of Christ”, which, much like the novel written by Nikos Kazantzakis 25 years prior, received plenty of backlash from the christian community. Banned in several countries, censored in many others, openly critized and deemed as blasphemous, not to mention actual terrorist attacks by fundamentalist groups, the world’s reaction to Scorsese’s alternate telling of the gospel is a story of its own. But today, on holy friday 2018, I’m here to speak about the quality of …
Snoogans - wrote on 04/21/2014
Plain ignorance is the only reason for the controversy surrounding the original release of this film. Those who slandered it had not actually seen the finished product. Stupidity of certain individuals aside, I watched 'The Last Temptation of Christ' with an open mind. I found it to be the most thoughtful and emotional representation of Jesus Christ ever put on film. A reworking of the biblical text shows Jesus to posses human qualities. He questions his own existence and purpose. The central conflict involves his personal journey to discover the answer to whether he is the true messiah, or just a man. Ultimately, he overcomes his temptations and owns up to the crucifixion. It's a dramatically involving experience that instills some relatable feelings toward the Jesus character. …
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/12/2012
Based upon the novel of the same name, The Last Temptation of Christ provoked a lot of righteous indignation and protest upon its release, although if you look at the film objectively it is actually quite reverential in its treatment of Jesus and his life. The reinterpretation sees Jesus as a man tortured by the conflict between his flesh and blood desires and fears and his need to overcome them for the sake of spirituality, set within an authentic context. Dafoe's performance makes him a much more believable and "human" Christ who comes across as a kind of social revolutionary and the protestations were no doubt on behalf of the kind of rich religious organisations and televangelists that are the modern equivalent of the temple priests that Christ was protesting against. As an atheist, …
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