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Mary Magdalene

also known as “Maria Magdalena,” “María Magdalena,” “Maria Madalena,” “Maria Maddalena,” “Maria Magdaleena,” “Marie Madeleine,” “Mária Magdaléna,” See more »
MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for some bloody and disturbing images.
Moral Rating: Not Recommended—due to bad theology, insertion of much fiction into the Biblical record, and failure to present the true Gospel that Christ died to bring
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Historical-Fiction Drama IMAX
Length: 2 hr.
Year of Release: 2018
USA Release: April 19, 2019 (60 theaters)
DVD: September 3, 2019
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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ—questions and answers

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Mary, mother of Jesus

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What is an apostle? Answer




Judas Iscariot


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Featuring Rooney MaraMary Magdalene
Joaquin PhoenixJesus
Chiwetel EjioforPeter
Tahar Rahim … Judas
Charles Babalola … Andrew
Tawfeek Barhom … James
Uri Gavriel … Philip
Michael Moshonov … Matthew
David Schofield … Thomas
Irit Sheleg … Mother Mary
Zohar Shtrauss … John
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Director Garth Davis — “Lion” (2016)
Producer Emile Sherman
Iain Canning
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Distributor IFC Films
UK and Europe distributor: Universal Pictures International (UPI)

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman (Mary Magdalene) leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus' inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus' destiny and her own place within it.”

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Who was Mary Magdalene? Answer

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Superb acting for a religious movie. Rooney Mara’s performance is mesmerizing, while Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Jesus is now my favorite amongst those who played the role. The Son of God here is presented as very human—that I can sympathize with and also felt his pain… The emotion when he sees the temple becoming like a marketplace… the visions when he saw the lambs being sacrificed—symbolizing his own suffering… Amazing… the heart in every scenee make this movie beautiful.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Roel, age 44 (Philippines)
Positive—What a shame that this Web site states “not recommended” in the moral quality. This is a great movie. I have watched it several times and am always moved by it. It is so refreshing to see the emphasis on Jesus’ humanness without sacrificing His deity. Mary’s love and devotion to Jesus is entirely appropriate. The movie making quality is superb. The soundtrack is very moving and beautiful. May be the best Christian/Bible based film ever. I can absolutely see Jesus as He is portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix. The religious may find some reason to be offended, but those who have a heart for Jesus will be drawn to it. The pivotal scene is in a cave where Mary and Peter minister to people who are dying. I have never seen anything like this in a movie. That scene puts the entire movie, and our understanding of what it means to follow Christ into perspective.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
Mike Cochran, age 60
Negative—I remember watching part of this film last year. Aside from the fact that nothing I saw was in the Bible, it was depressing, dark, and dreary. I quit watching as soon as I saw Joachim Phoenix’s depiction of Jesus. He is without a doubt the angriest Jesus ever.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
Dr. David, age Oldish
Negative—My wife and I thought this movie had no conviction. Although the angle is interesting, having very little accuracy in the flow of the apostles writings in the Bible and the shear lack of authority in Jesus's presence, makes it hard to credit the movie. We didn’t like Phoenix’s rendition of Jesus either, way too angry and the love portrayed was insincere, we thought. So we will not encourage our children to watch it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
Joel, age 46 (New Zealand)

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Secular Movie Critics
…revisionist… attempts a fresh, feminist portrait of the Apostle to the Apostles, but there's not much passion in this play… it settles into a subdued, repetitive rhythm of timid spiritual inquiry and affirmation, the film’s tasteful restraint often tipping over into outright inertia. …
Guy Lodge, Variety
…Australian director Garth Davis (Lion) aims to set the record straight and return her to her rightful place as the 13th disciple who became even closer to the Messiah than his “rock,” Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor). … [3/5]
Dan Jolin, Empire [UK]
…deeply politically correct… doesn’t always easily translate into compelling action or credible behavior…
Mike McCahill, IndieWire
…Why is Jesus being played by a 44-year-old man who is basically giving the same performance he gave as a PTSD-suffering, hammer-wielding assassin in “You Were Never Really Here?” …
Rachel Handler and Emily Yoshida, Vulture
…flat, boring resurrection tale… lacks drama and excitement, although Mara and Phoenix are intense looking and the locations are great…
James Mottram, South China Morning Post
…Even though “Mary Magdalene” revisits sacred texts to emphasise Jesus’s feminist credentials, Davis’ film is unlikely to give offence… although patience may be tried by the sight of Mary woman-splaining The Resurrection to the knuckleheaded Apostles. …
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
…A Biblical drama with a stylish high-art look and a timely feminist angle …an uneasy viewing experience, ponderous and disjointed in places, constantly straining for a gravitas it never quite achieves…
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
…toothless attempt to overturn Sunday school myths… The drama plausibly suggests that Mary was a fiercely intelligent, resourceful woman who rejected the male norms of marriage and children laid down for her, and insisted on following Jesus. …[2/5]
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
…telling a version of the New Testament that attempts to make the female saint the story’s protagonist. …What follows is a tasteful RE lesson [re-education lesson]…
Simran Hans, The Guardian (UK)
…fresh spin on Judas Iscariot.…this version of the 12th disciple is no treacherous wolf but a wide-eyed fanboy undergoing a crisis of faith, whose betrayal of his idol is framed as a desperate attempt to force his hand. …[3/5]
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph [UK]