A warm, funny and irreverent Christmas movie that ought to become a holiday classic alongside films like 'Elf' and 'A Christmas Story.'
| Original Score: 8/10
A plucky, well-meant enterprise reliant on its audience's festive goodwill.
| Original Score: 3/5
Another British comedy limps into cinemas having inexplicably wrestled its way out of a television script meeting.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Neither Jensen nor Freeman light up the film - that is left to the gap-toothed, wide-eyed, body-popping and very funny kids.
Clumsily constructed and not very funny, this scruffy British Christmas comedy almost redeems itself with a riotously over-the-top final act
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Funny, sweet and family-friendly seasonal fare.
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.
Even with an engaging cast of primary school kids practically mugging the camera at every opportunity, this is toe-curling and predictable stuff.
| Original Score: 2/5
A pretty shambolic effort, despite its undeniable good-heartedness.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Sweet, funny, bags of charm: Outnumbered meets Britain's Got Talent, with added Christmas.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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.
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.
So deliriously corny that I can imagine it becoming the unlikeliest hit of the year.