• PG, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Debbie Isitt
    On DVD:
    Jan 6, 2014
  • Freestyle Digital Media


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Nativity! Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A warm, funny and irreverent Christmas movie that ought to become a holiday classic alongside films like 'Elf' and 'A Christmas Story.'

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 14, 2010
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

A plucky, well-meant enterprise reliant on its audience's festive goodwill.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2009
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

Another British comedy limps into cinemas having inexplicably wrestled its way out of a television script meeting.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 4, 2009
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday

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.

Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday

December 4, 2009
Robert Hanks

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

November 27, 2009
Alex Zane
Sun Online

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 Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Clumsily constructed and not very funny, this scruffy British Christmas comedy almost redeems itself with a riotously over-the-top final act

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 27, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Funny, sweet and family-friendly seasonal fare.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 27, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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 Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
Andrew Pulver

A pretty shambolic effort, despite its undeniable good-heartedness.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009

This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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 Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

Sweet, funny, bags of charm: Outnumbered meets Britain's Got Talent, with added Christmas.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 27, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
Kevin Harley
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

So deliriously corny that I can imagine it becoming the unlikeliest hit of the year.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

November 27, 2009
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