A friend of mine at work said the Christ film had a powerful effect for many that saw it. Big motorcyclists were crying in their seats. The audience applauded at the defeat of the devil and the upbeat ending. He said the two most moving scenes were flashbacks of Jesus with his mother.
A passionate movie with some big moving scenes can be forgiven for the shortcomings that the critics and producers found in it.
Producers and screenwriters should try to make movies that they believe in, because the desire to reach/move someone is needed to actually reach/move someone. The results speak for themselves.
The Passion Of The Christ is #1 at the boxoffice this week.