In addition to the articles recommeded by Carson Reed (N.T. Wright’s is especially good), some of the guys here in Singapore pointed me to a less confessional perspective found at:

The New Yorker: The Critics: The Current Cinema

In case you’re not inclined to read the entire review, here is a pretty good summary of the point-of-view of this high-brow magazine:

“The movie is baloney; the movie is an accurate representation of the book; therefore, the book is also baloney, although it takes even longer to consume.”

Of course, that’s just one guy’s opinion. I haven’t see it yet. The one person who I’ve talked who has seen it advised us to wait and buy the pirated DVD because the movie wasn’t, in his opinion, worth the ticket price. (I’ll withhold the name of this respected clergyman.)