Barabbas May Be a Common Thief But He Can Still Earn a Positive Review from Critics
03.25.13 by REELZ
"Barabbas is well worth the watch"
Allison Keene from The Hollywood Reporter applauds the two-part miniseries describing it as a “rare refreshing take” on Bible-centric specials which usually appear around Easter, even expanding on this to say that “Barabbas should be complimented for the fact that it does a better and more engaging job of exploring faith than History’s recent The Bible series.” Keene adds that the mini-series manages “to be both thought-provoking and at times emotional, doing well at illustrating common skepticisms of Christianity while also showing Barabbas’ own transformation.”
Neil Genzlinger from the New York Times praises Marco Foschi's "refreshingly different" portrayal of Jesus, saying that "rather than a smiling, beatific man with male-model looks, he is gaunt and somewhat furtive, seeming uncomfortable with his growing celebrity."
The Examiner highlights Billy Zane’s portrayal of Barabbas labeling the role as one of Zane’s “better performances” and praising the biblical mini for being appealing to a wide audience and not only people of faith. According to the reviewer, filmmakers have delivered "a great mini-series that is sure to please."