"In the world of The New York Times, Ludacris is good; "The Passion" is bad." -- duh. I'm not a Ludacris fan, but WTF. His stage name is a corruption of Ludicrous, meaning whatever he's doing you're not supposed to take it seriously. He exaggerates thug life to hold it up to ridicule, and he makes party music. IT'S A JOKE O'REILLY.
"The Passion" is straight up torture porn. Which might sound flippant, but it's just the latest chapter in a theme of Christian mysticism that equates physical pain with spiritual ecstasy. There's a lot of uncomfortably erotic-sounding love for Jesus in some Catholic writing as well. "The Passion" is all about getting off on pain and torture. While this might be part of a sincere Christian's spiritual life, I for one feel like there's no disrespect in calling attention to how creepy it is.