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The Gospel of John (2003)



Critic Consensus: The Gospel of John takes a reverent approach to its story without ever bringing it to life, proving that cribbing from the Good Book isn't enough to guarantee a good movie.

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Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration. The Gospel of John was shown in a special presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.

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Richard Lintern
as Leading Pharisee
John Handy
as John the Baptist
Scott Handy
as John the Baptist
Lynsey Baxter
as Mary Magdalene
Elliot Levey
as Nathanael
Diego Matamoros
as Nicodemus
Andy Velasquez
as Thomas the Twin
Alan Van Sprang
as Judas Iscariot
Stuart H. Fox
as Blind Man
David Meyer
as Lame Man
Nancy Palk
as Samaritan Woman
Diana Berriman
as Mary, Mother of Jesus
Nicholas Van Burek
as Young Levite
Cedric Smith
as Caiaphas
William Pappas
as Elderly Levite
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel of John

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (19)

It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable.

April 2, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The sad truth is that director Philip Saville and writer John Goldsmith have made a picture book rather than a film, one that leans so heavily on Christopher Plummer's placid voice-over narration as to be cinematically inert.

April 2, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential.

April 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Turns out to be surprisingly robust.

February 13, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration.

February 13, 2004 | Rating: C+

Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing.

February 12, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Gospel of John

This is the most beautiful film about Jesus that i´ve seen.

Andre Tavares Simoni
Andre Tavares Simoni

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