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Nativity 2 (2012)

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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Unrated,

Comedy

Debbie Isitt

Nov 19, 2013

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

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Adorable misfits on zany Xmas adventure; some potty humor.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

November 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

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

November 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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?

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
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!

November 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

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

November 23, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Offers little in the way of festive fun.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

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

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

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

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It hurts to remember.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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

November 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

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

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

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

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.
December 31, 2012
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