Nativity! Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 14, 2010
A warm, funny and irreverent Christmas movie that ought to become a holiday classic alongside films like 'Elf' and 'A Christmas Story.'
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
December 4, 2009
A plucky, well-meant enterprise reliant on its audience's festive goodwill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
December 4, 2009
Another British comedy limps into cinemas having inexplicably wrestled its way out of a television script meeting.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
December 4, 2009
Isitt's attitude seems to be that a coherent story and some half-decent jokes are surplus to requirements when you can point a camera at some perky children singing and dancing.
Robert Hanks
Independent
November 27, 2009
The plot wouldn't pass muster as an episode of a CBBC drama, but its various twists and turns and grotesque emotional idiocies are engineered through some of the most wooden dialogue I've ever heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
November 27, 2009
Neither Jensen nor Freeman light up the film - that is left to the gap-toothed, wide-eyed, body-popping and very funny kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 27, 2009
Clumsily constructed and not very funny, this scruffy British Christmas comedy almost redeems itself with a riotously over-the-top final act
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
November 27, 2009
Funny, sweet and family-friendly seasonal fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
November 27, 2009
CBeebies if Ronnie Corbett was artistic director; filmmaking by committee, if that committee were made up of the esteemed members of Coventry City Council and chaired by Lenny Henry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
November 27, 2009
Even with an engaging cast of primary school kids practically mugging the camera at every opportunity, this is toe-curling and predictable stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
November 27, 2009
A pretty shambolic effort, despite its undeniable good-heartedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

This is London
November 27, 2009
The show is a hymn to starry, happy-shiny fame and the fascinating business of how to make state-educated children feel valued gets lost amid the X Factor mugging. Next!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 27, 2009
For all that's wrong with Nativity!, there's something apt and endearing about how this sketchy, second‑rate production pulls its socks up for the climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
November 27, 2009
Nativity! is a light and painless watch that overcomes its flaws with some strong central performances and a genuine warmth that lifts it above the cynicism of many other festive cash-grabbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 27, 2009
On a snowy Boxing Day afternoon tucked up at home bursting with mince pies and bonhomie you might tolerate Nativity on the TV. In the glaring spotlight of the big screen it's a Christmas turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine
November 27, 2009
Sweet, funny, bags of charm: Outnumbered meets Britain's Got Talent, with added Christmas.
| Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 27, 2009
It's the pure, device-free performances of the talented cast of children that makes this a winner and that rare thing - a Christmas movie that actually captures a pocketful of its spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
November 27, 2009
Glug a pint of seasonal spirit before watching Debbie Isitt's mish-mash of show-must-goon generics, bittersweet Brit-comedy realism and Hollywood endings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
November 27, 2009
The grown-ups are pretty much overshadowed by the youthful cast of the nativity play itself, who are so natural on camera that you can't help but smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 27, 2009
So deliriously corny that I can imagine it becoming the unlikeliest hit of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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