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The Nativity Story Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 7, 2009
Frankly, anyone could have made this movie in the particular way it's presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
A series of tasteful, stultifying reverent postcards, shorn of life, awe, mystery
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
If nothing else, it is refreshing to see a Christmas movie that actually has something to do with Christmas!
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
July 9, 2007
Of course there is nothing inherently wrong with preaching to the converted -- secular Hollywood does it all the time. But I confess I wish the movie had some of the passion of The Passion of the Christ.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A perfectly good cast is undone by a mish-mash of thick accents that are at moments impenetrable.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
In essence, the film is exactly what one comes to expect in the telling of the story. Hardwicke brings absolutely nothing to the table, except for a colorless palette. The actors struggle to invest what are essentially plaster saints with some verve, but
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 30, 2006
Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen) may seem like an unusual choice for a Biblical epic, but she proves an inspired choice, choosing to focus on the authenticity of the story, primarily through Mary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
December 17, 2006
may well be the greatest story ever told, but it leaves a lot to be desired on a purely cinematic level.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 13, 2006
El Nacimiento es el equivalente cinematográfico de una tarjeta postal de Navidad, o de un inocente pesebre viviente. Es tan prolija como fría e impersonal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
December 11, 2006
They've made a lovely, respectful movie... but it's a Biblical snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
December 8, 2006
For a film about the birth of Jesus, there's nothing particularly joyous or inspiring - just dull, disinteresting details that too strongly disconnect from the human frailty and folly that is hinted at in the story.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 7, 2006
Perhaps this disappointing movie will inspire an up-and-coming filmmaker to sense the true potential of this story, and to deliver the first great film about the nativity.
| Original Score: C
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
December 6, 2006
Just about as perfunctory and old-fashioned as can be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
December 6, 2006
A motion picture depicting the birth of the Savior ought to stir the soul, not just pass time during a frantic holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 6, 2006
There's a reason why Christmas pageants tend to clock in at about 20 minutes -- a reason that Hardwicke's 100-minute film demonstrates with tedious tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 4, 2006
Hardwicke should have looked to the animated The Prince of Egypt, which made the visual and storytelling possibilities of Bible movies breathtaking. This one's just cashing in on a target audience's debt to its faith.
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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 4, 2006
Call me a Scrooge, but director Catherine Hardwicke's rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night plays like a dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 4, 2006
We just haven't had too many films that concentrate on this story.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 4, 2006
The faithful will be satisfied (if not exactly inspired)...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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