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"The Best Film of 1988" declared Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert/Chicago Tribune, echoing the sentiments of numerous critics who included The Last Temptation of Christ as one of their "ten best films of the year." The powerful drama earned director Martin Scorsese an Academy Award® nomination for "Best Achievement in Directing," as well as Golden Globe® nominations for Barbara Hershey ("Best Actress") and Peter Gabriel ("Best Score"). Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and starring Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ is a visually breathtaking accomplishment.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 48
- Fresh: 40
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: In an age of post-Christian facetiousness, Martin Scorsese's work daringly attempts to restore passion and melodrama to the Gospel story.
Fresh: A film of challenging ideas, and not salacious provocations.
Rotten: 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.
A powerful, emotional experience
It's insane that a shallow, empty film like Mel Gibson's The Passion was widely seen while this film remains obscure.
This film makes the story of Jesus's life universal in a way that only Martin Scorsese could.
The acting, the writing, the cinematography, the breath-taking score by Peter Gabriel… everything in this film works and it has NEVER been equaled.
The Last Temptation of Christ
A powerful, thought provoking film that I'm sure raised a few eyebrows when released. Willem Dafoe's, Harvey Keitel's, and Barbara Hershey's performances were outstanding.