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Nativity 2 (2013)


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 1,131



Movie Info

An uptight grade school teacher (David Tennant) leads his mischievous classroom assistant and their spirited underdog students on a quest to find the elusive "Christmas Castle", and take the top prize in a national Christmas song competition in this holiday comedy for the whole family.

Directed By:
Written By:
Debbie Isitt
In Theaters:
Nov 19, 2013
Inception Media Group - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Nativity 2

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (14)

'Nativity 2' offers roughly as many laughs as the Queen's speech.

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Adorable misfits on zany Xmas adventure; some potty humor.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
Common Sense Media

It might actually be funnier if you haven't seen the first film, but I'm not in a position to say--only that it's disappointingly similar to the original, and suffers from the comparison.

Full Review… | November 24, 2013
Movie Metropolis

After 2009's inane comedy Nativity, no one was clamouring for a sequel, but at least this one tips the scales into sublime silliness.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012

The only laughs come from the film's title and Jessica Hynes as a ridiculously pretentious TV hostess.

Full Review… | November 25, 2012
Observer [UK]

How often, on the big screen, will your nippers ever be able to watch fellow children in familiar blue uniforms just being allowed to be themselves?

Full Review… | November 24, 2012
Birmingham Mail

The earlier, fairly crummy picture now seems like FW Murnau's Sunrise when set beside the blitzkrieg of awfulness that is Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!

Full Review… | November 24, 2012
Irish Times

Slack and savvy in equal measure, and a guaranteed hit.

Full Review… | November 23, 2012
This is London

Offers little in the way of festive fun.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Sun Online

The first Nativity was a corny, amateurish shambles, but it had that hard-to-define quality of likeability. Its sequel has none.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

Overlong and idiotic it raises a few chuckles thanks to the game cast.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Daily Express

Silly, goofy and pretty groanworthy. But it is unpretentious and is, after all, aimed at very young children.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012

Danger in the Manger! never has its heart anywhere other than in the right place ...

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Birmingham Post

It hurts to remember.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Little White Lies

Despite some decent songs and a supporting cast full of likeable scene-stealing moppets, this remains a dismal, poorly structured comedy sequel that's depressingly low on laughs.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012

Deliberately or otherwise, this sequel pushes the amateurish angle much harder, and seems to wear its abject lousiness as a badge of honour.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Daily Telegraph

If you're over ten, you probably won't get it.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
Sky Movies

As charity is a big part of Christmas, I'll say the improvised comedy is a bit patchy. But as with the original, the movie comes into its own during the big finale.

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Daily Star

The kids have their moments, Tennant is game but Wootton's puppy-dog persona is just about ready to be put down.

Full Review… | November 19, 2012

Even this charming cast struggle to bring life to an overlong story that has all the sizzle of leftover turkey.

Full Review… | November 19, 2012
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Nativity 2

Your enjoyment of this sequel will depend on how much you enjoyed the 2009 original. Apart from Freeman most of the original cast are back and once again St. Bernadette's school are involved in another competition. Rather than a Nativity we have a 'Song for Christmas' set in Wales which gives Isitt a chance to have fun with different Christmas songs from the competitors. Tennant has fun playing the dual role of twin brothers but isn't as endearing as Freeman. Wooten is as bonkers as before but I quite like his humour. Unlike the first film the situation get a bit ridiculous here (including a scale down a mountain and a birth in a barn) but there's still fun to be had if you're in the Christmas spirit. The competition goes on too long at the end (it feels like Isitt is padding out the film too much) and no-one would consider this great film-making but I found it quite enjoyable.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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