EW Staff
March 26, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Passion of the Christ

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Limited Release Date
02/25/04
performer
James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano, Luca Lionello, Maia Morgenstern, Ted Rusoff, Hristo Naumov Shopov
director
Mel Gibson
Producer
Mel Gibson
distributor
Newmarket Capital Group
author
Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Complete with orchestral strings and celestial choirs, The Passion’s soundtrack testifies against the film’s much-heralded ”accuracy.” Splashes of Middle Eastern color aside, John Debney’s score downplays realism to serve emotional resonance, veering somewhat predictably between timeless New Age drones and fateful processions, although the virtuosic layering and cross-fading do create impressive soundscapes. With its chiefly meditative tone, Debney’s music may even strike some listeners as more spiritually genuine than the brutality it ameliorates on screen.

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