New York Times film critic A.O. Scott on “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “The Passion of the Christ” in today’s paper:
For an R-rated political documentary to make $100 million would be a show business anomaly, surpassed in strangeness only by an R-rated scripture-based foreign-language film making three times that much. It is unlikely that either picture signals the beginning of a trend, since the success of each was leveraged by the stardom of its maker. But Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibson did not succeed simply through their fame or their knack for using the news media as an engine of publicity. It was clear long before anyone had seen a frame of either “Passion” or “Fahrenheit” that what audiences would witness was the uncompromised, unfiltered vision of a strong-willed, stubborn and bloody-minded director.