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Mary Magdalene also known as “Maria Magdalena,” “María Magdalena,” “Maria Madalena,” “Maria Maddalena,” “Maria Magdaleena,” “Marie Madeleine,” “Mária Magdaléna,” “Mária Magdolna,” “Máří Magdaléna,” “Μαρία Μαγδαληνή,” «Мария Магдалина»

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for some bloody and disturbing images.
Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Historical-Fiction Drama
2 hr.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
April 19, 2019 (60 theaters)
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Was Jesus Christ God, manifest in human form? Answer

Is Jesus Christ really God? Answer

If Jesus was the Son of God, why did He call Himself the Son of Man? Answer

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JESUS’ CHARACTER—Is Christ’s character consistent with his high claims? Answer

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ—questions and answers

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How did Jesus Christ die? Answer

Could Christ have sinned? Answer

Archaeology—Have any burial sites been found for the people involved in Christ’s life and death? Answer

Mary, mother of Jesus

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What is an apostle? Answer




Judas Iscariot


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Miracles, including list of biblical miracles

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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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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)
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

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Secular Movie Critics
…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
…Even though Mary Magdalene revisits sacred texts to emphasise Jesus’s feminist credentials, Davis’ film is unlikely to give offence—it’s far too spiritually-minded to aggravate the faithful, although patience may be tried by the sight of Mary woman-splaining The Resurrection to the knuckleheaded Apostles. …
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
…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]
…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
…deeply politically correct… doesn’t always easily translate into compelling action or credible behavior…
Mike McCahill, IndieWire
…A Biblical drama with a stylish high-art look and a timely feminist angle, Mary Magdalene sets out to right historical wrongs by putting Jesus of Nazareth's most famous female follower back at the heart of his story. …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)
…As the film’s written coda explains, Mary Magdalene has long been misidentified as a prostitute. Garth Davis’s attractive, unsmiling drama sets out to revise this myth, telling a version of the New Testament that attempts to make the female saint the story’s protagonist. When Rooney Mara’s Mary flees an arranged marriage, her orthodox community insist on exorcising the “demon” that has taken up residence in her body. But there is no demon, she insists, just “my thought, my fear, my longing, my unhappiness”. …What follows is a tasteful RE lesson [re-education lesson]…
Simran Hans, The Guardian (UK)
…Mary Magdalene neither breaks your heart nor grabs your throat. Instead, it goes straight for the forehead: it is a brow-furrower and a temple-rubber, best mulled over at a remove. …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]
…Other than to show that a woman called Mary who wasn’t a prostitute was involved in the final weeks of the Jesus story, I have no idea what the filmmakers wanted for this project. I’m pretty sure they didn’t achieve it. …
Jason Solomons, The Wrap