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The Nativity Story Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Frankly, anyone could have made this movie in the particular way it's presented.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 5/10

November 7, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A series of tasteful, stultifying reverent postcards, shorn of life, awe, mystery

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

If nothing else, it is refreshing to see a Christmas movie that actually has something to do with Christmas!

Full Review Source: DVD Review

July 10, 2007
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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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.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

July 9, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

A perfectly good cast is undone by a mish-mash of thick accents that are at moments impenetrable.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 11, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy

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

December 17, 2006
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2006
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

They've made a lovely, respectful movie... but it's a Biblical snooze.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2006
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

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

December 8, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

December 7, 2006
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Just about as perfunctory and old-fashioned as can be.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: C+

December 6, 2006
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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 Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2006
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

Full Review

December 4, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Call me a Scrooge, but director Catherine Hardwicke's rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night plays like a dirge.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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We just haven't had too many films that concentrate on this story.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 4, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The faithful will be satisfied (if not exactly inspired)...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2006
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