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Parents' Guide to

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dated, unconventional rock opera has some violence.

Movie G 1973 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+
age 10+

Good movie for kids and parents

This movie is awesome. It is cool because it tells the easier version of life was like for Jesus and his followers. How he got crucified and died. Some people may say it’s not accurate to the Bible but, this is the movie’s interpretation of it. We don’t know what actually would have happened so, this is what they did. Some people may say that it’s not suitable because the crucifixion scene at the end but, if your kid has seen someone get killed on another movie, It won’t be a surprise on this one. The movie features an amazing score from the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Whether or not viewers will enjoy this movie mostly depends on an appreciation for Andrew Lloyd Webber's distinctive music, especially since there's no spoken dialogue. A few of the songs ("I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Jesus Christ Superstar") have become classics, and they're representative of Webber's score for this unconventional treatment of the age-old tale. For some, it may simply register as silly or frenzied. For Christian scholars, the license taken by Webber, director Jewison, and company is of biblical proportions. Still, the movie is high on energy and irreverent at times and strives for originality. Impressive performances by both Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman stand out from the rest of the cast, most of whom play everything big, bigger, and biggest. Most likely, the MPAA ratings board that tagged the movie with a G rating would have second thoughts today; the crucifixion, bloody lashing, and suicide scenes are definitely not appropriate for kids. First conceived as an album of Webber's biblically themed music, Jesus Christ Superstar as a staged production has had revivals and played throughout the world over the last decades.

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