Well, the first reviews from the religious leaders are in from private screenings and.... it looks like most of them hate it. Shocking, eh?
Muslims hate it because the story of Moses is mentioned in the Koran "and therefore not suitable for artistic depiction". One Egyptian cleric has already targeted it with a fatwa. Aronofsky better hire a bodyguard.
One conservative Christian organization, the National Religious Broadcasters, threatened to boycott the film unless Paramount put out a marketing disclaimer. Without telling Aronofsky, the studio decided to modify advertising materials by saying the movie was "inspired by" the story of Noah rather than be seen as literal scripture.
The handful of religious critics who saw the film before Monday's premiere have singled out several of the film's creations for particular condemnation. Jerry Johnson, the president of the NRB, said in part he was put off by a "Noah" montage suggesting that evolution and creationism are not mutually exclusive and that Noah wasn't "righteous" enough.
Like other early naysayers, Johnson was also bothered by the film's suggestion that stewardship of the earth - Noah and his family are vegetarians, and the antediluvian planet (the film shot in barren landscapes in Iceland) has been ravaged by misuse - is somehow inconsistent with the Bible and is thus "phony."
So it looks like the biggest audience for this film is going to be.... atheists!