You can’t judge a movie by the reviews it gets

Your review of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” (“Excruciating `Passion’ guilty of anti-Semitism,” by Glenn Lovell, Feb. 25) is a bit over the top, isn’t it?
I predicted that the coverage would become hysterically anti-“Passion.” Guess I was right.

The movie reviews I read these days are utterly unreliable. The reviewers either are acting as shills for the entertainment industry or they are trying to promote some political, religious or social agenda.
Thomas E. Dinan
San Jose

`The Passion’ deserves the highest rating

“Guilty of anti-Semitism?” That is, of course, your own personal opinion. You do not speak for the masses of people who think this is a very important film. As for the rating you give the film — * 1/2 — you just don’t seem to get the true meaning of the film. I give this film five stars. My opinion, of course.
Art Garibay

Reviewer failed to grasp point of Gibson’s film

Clearly you were unable to see the message (and point) of this movie.

Being neither a devout Christian nor a moral crusader, I went into the film with an open mind, and I found that I was deeply moved. I understood — probably for the first time in my life — what the religious authorities mean when they said Christ suffered and died for our sins. That was the point of this film. Did it work? Absolutely.

At times, it was hard to watch. However, that doesn’t make it a bad movie. I remember tearing up the first time I saw “Life Is Beautiful” and saw the stacks of bodies piled upon one another. That, too, was hard to watch.
Slavko Ristich
New York City

Lovell praised for `brave critique’

Thank you for your brave critique of “The Passion.” It is important that respected voices like yours be heard in regard to this film.
Lisa Berkelhammer
San Francisco
Courtesy Josh Kirby

Also see:
Movie Review of Mel Gibson’s “Passion”
Hollywood Bosses Vow to Destroy Gibson