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The Nativity Story Reviews

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Beth Accomando

You have the feeling that if the camera panned just a little to the left or right you'd see a a catering truck and trailers for the actors.

December 3, 2006
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The film is made with intelligence, restraint, and it shows proper respect for the story.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

December 3, 2006
Susan Granger

A glossy, cinematic creche.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10-

December 2, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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...a filmed Sunday-school lesson that favors a dry, by-the-Book approach over even a suggestion of dramatic interpretation. It's more Christmas pageant than movie.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

December 2, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Many moments are overpowering and humbling, thanks to the source material. This is not a great film or an especially good one, but I don't have to remind you where its story ranks among those ever told.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 2, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A complete surprise: Joseph comes across in this Biblical drama as a more engrossing and mysterious character than Mary.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

December 2, 2006
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Hardwicke takes scripture that is at once deeply troubling ... and filled with profound hope, and renders it inert on both counts by playing things so safely that the result is almost irreverent.

Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2006
Brian Orndorf

Everything is handled with an anvil-like importance, forgetting that, in essence, this is tale of great joy and hope.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

December 1, 2006
Brent Simon

With only twenty-four praying days left before Christmas, New Line opts for the filmmaking commandment "Thou Shall Not Seek Controversy."

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December 1, 2006
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Director Catherine Hardwicke pays attention to details about simple things like clothes, food and activities that make 'The Nativity Story' seem so real.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 1, 2006
Pete Hammond

Tailor made for future Sunday school classes everywhere, this by-the-numbers account adds nothing new to the story but has lots of pretty pictures

| Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
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I have to hand it to Hardwicke: I was a lot less bored by The Nativity Story than I feared I'd be.

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December 1, 2006
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

If you've ever gazed at Christmas cards featuring artworks of the great masters and wished those images would magically come to life, [this] is your kind of movie.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: C

December 1, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's not exactly the dullest story ever told, but it's certainly not the greatest.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2006
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This retelling of the familiar tale is as solemnly predictable as a Catholic-school nativity play, and nearly as dull.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 1, 2006
Cynthia Fuchs

When word of Catherine Hardwicke's attachment to The Nativity Story first surfaced, the possibilities swirled. What if the film reimagined the about-14-year-old Mary as a recognizable teenager?

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 1, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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The Nativity Story may prove just idiosyncratic enough to alienate the doctrinaire believers but not quite weird enough to appeal to revisionists, cultists or regular holiday moviegoers.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The Nativity Story has a quiet sincerity to it that's sometimes quite moving, and sometimes just too quiet.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 1, 2006
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The filmmakers have strived to tell their tale, which is part Scripture and part imagined, with the simplicity and sincerity of a Sunday school lesson, and, as far as I can see, it does not veer from tradition in a way that is likely to offend anyone.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

December 1, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the incidental points of the film, particularly powerful, is that doing the right thing isn't easy, even in the face of divine assurance.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 1, 2006
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