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Action, Adventure, Drama

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead.

The critical consensus

It has its moments, but it blows the interesting premise — the resurrection of Jesus told as a mystery — too early for an overlong, overly religious finale.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 14/03/2016

Bizarre bookends and an inability to conceal its modest budget with tight framing and focused storytelling also wind up adding to the film’s woes, leaving Risen too inconsistent to make good on its, admittedly, honourable intentions.

**(*)(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 14/03/2016

Struggles to bring any spark or freshness to a story that has been told countless times on screen before.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 17/03/2016

Although crass and clunky, Risen has sincerity on its side and Fiennes’ anguished performance lends it some welcome gravitas.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 18/03/2016

The messiah is ‘beamingly benign’ and Pilate a ‘harassed fusspot’ in this Passion of the Christ-lite.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 20/03/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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