By contrast, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is getting chopped up by just about every critic that was allowed to see it. Writes Nathan Lee in the New York Times: Every era gets the scare pictures it deserves, and there is nothing more unsettling in this orgy of hate than its overwhelming stench of corporate nihilism." His review then goes on to create a bit of controversy in its own write, as the Times critic compares it with The Passion Of The Christ. Comments Lee: "Like The Passion of the Christ, it is an invitation to hard-core sadism. Mel Gibson tried to turn atrocity into spiritual catharsis. The producers of The Beginning merely package it, sell it to the masses and hope they don't vomit in their nachos."