The Nativity Story Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ December 30, 2010
I wasn't sure what to really expect from this, especially given how I was hesitant to ever see it...and that was before I knew who Catherine Hardwicke was, and way before Twilight.

I finally sat down and watched it (not much better to do when one can't sleep a day or two after Christmas)..truth is...this actually isn't too bad. It's not a great movie, but it's decent enough, and worth a watch once in a while.

Tjis is actually a quite faithful and thoughtful take on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's powerful, and moving, and all of that sentimental stuff, but that doesn'ty take away from the fact that even then, it's got some good camera work (although I wish the film didn't look so washed out), okay performances, and is very accessible. Also, there's a lot of great anthropological/cultural/historical type stuff on display, and not only is it done well, I was surprised it was there (in a good way).

This is no masterpiece, but it does the story justice.
Movie Monster
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2010
Christmas Move Review Mania
Episode #1: The Nativity Story

It's the last day of November and people around the world are preparing for the Christmas season. I am to and welcome to Christmas Movie Review Mania! I will be writing reviews of Christmas movies up until the big day. This won't be a daily thing. To start off, I will review a film that promotes the true meaning of Christmas: The Nativity Story.

The film is a retelling of Mary and Joseph story. Despite the fact that Mary is a virgin, God makes her the mother of Jesus Christ. Her and her arranged husband, Joseph travel to Bethlehem in order to pay their taxes and give birth to the child as well. Meanwhile, the Wise Men are on their way to meet the child and King Herod make a plan to massacre baby boys and the Son of God himself.

The cinematography is amazing and realistic and Catherine Hardwickes's direction (she also helmed Twilight) is wonderful. The acting is good. I don't see why many critics hated it. Mary's actress added much emotion into her character. Oscar Isaac was awesome as Joseph. The supporting cast delivers as well. A beautiful film that everyone needs to see this season. I mean it!

"I wonder if I will even be able to teach him anything."
Super Reviewer
January 3, 2007
this film has not been well recieved, but it was powerful. there were a few small inaccuracies as far as consitency to Scripture, but the film was well made and well played. I'll watch this every Christmas from now on.
Super Reviewer
November 20, 2007
Well, if you have ever sat through a Christmas play, you know the story already. The movie was OK - nothing earth-shattering. I didn't realize the middle east was as dry as this movie portrays it.
Super Reviewer
½ April 8, 2007
Beautiful Bible film of Jesus' parents on their incredible journey of hope and discovery. This is my first time of Bible story about Mary and Joseph before giving their son born. Director Catherine Hardwicke makes a wonderful bibical story against a realistic and detailed recreation of village life of the era.
God blesses you.
Super Reviewer
½ December 26, 2014
A faithful adaption of the biblical account of Jesus Christ's birth, The Nativity Story is a powerful telling of this classic tale. Director Catherine Hardwicke does a remarkable job at creating a visual style that feels authentic to the time period; with detailed costumes and sets designs. Additionally, Keisha Castle-Hughes gives an impressive performance as Mary that's subtle yet conveys volumes through looks and movements. Also, the script is quite good, with a strong focus on characters. A well-crafted film that honors the true meaning of Christmas, The Nativity Story is emotionally compelling and spiritually uplifting.
Super Reviewer
November 10, 2006
Like a big ol' Christmas card, just as pretty and shallow. Kinda predictable, though...
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2009
I thought it was pretty good. Well acted, not really 100% accurate, but still a nice family film to celebrate Christmas.
Super Reviewer
½ March 15, 2009
A so so portrayal of Mary and Joseph with good cinematography and decent acting.
Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2007
With but a few exceptions, The Nativity Story from director Catherine Hardwicke and writer Mike Rich, is an accurate depiction of the events surrounding the birth of Christ, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Isaac are respectful in their roles as Mary and Joseph, Ciarán Hinds is menacing as the ruthless King Herod with a touch of levity and wonder provided in the portrayal of the three magi. Additionally, the excellent cinematography, costuming and sets give a very professional look to the overall production.
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2007
Knew the ending...he died.
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2007
Ok, first of all, I do not believe anything like this ever happened. It is ridiculous. Besides that, it's a horrible films on every level. The acting, the writing, etc.
½ September 1, 2015
Dull and pretty cheap looking for the most part, it isn't a faith based film that tries to hammer it's values on to others like most, but rather tells a story about these two characters that hasn't been discussed before. That's the most this movie has going for itself. Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Isaac are bland and forgettable (mostly because the script doesn't allow two talented people really give a range of emotion).
July 8, 2014
I believe that this movie did a good job explaining the journey of Mary and Joseph as explained in the Biblical Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The plot revolves around the journey of pregnant Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The journey is over 100 miles in a very rugged terrain, in order to register for a census as order by the current King Herod. The story begins during a time when King Herod fears that the prophecy of the Old Testament will come true and a Messiah will be born. Due to his fears of losing power, he orders all males under the age of two to be killed in the city of Bethlehem. This is the infamous massacre of innocents, as found in the Biblical Gospel. Meanwhile, in the oppressed town of Nazareth, young Mary is set to marry Joseph and receives a visit from the angel Gabriel and is told she has been chosen by God to bear his son and she will name him Jesus. This is also in the Biblical Gospels. Due to Joseph and Mary's parents having doubts that the pregnancy is an immaculate conception, an angel visits Joseph and basically confirms the facts and removes his doubts. This also occurs on a similar level in the Bible. After their journey and reaching Bethlehem, Mary goes into labor and because there is no room at the inn, they stay in a stable, where the wonderful birth of Jesus occurs. This is also similar to the Gospel stories and Biblical teachings of Christianity. Overall, this is a great story, minus some dramatization, and stays fairly close to the facts of the Biblical Gospels. I would recommend it and everyone who grew up learning the story of how Christ was born and the events that occurred around that time, will enjoy this film.
April 7, 2014
Plot Summary
The Nativity Story tells the story of Jesus' birth. Mary, whom is Jesus' mother, was forced by her father at a young age to marry a man named Joseph. Mary was not happy about marring Joseph, who she claimed was a man she barely knew. One day while Mary was alone and praying, an angel came upon her, and told her that she would conceive a child of the Lord and she shall name him Jesus'. Mary was then told that her own cousin Elizabeth had also conceived at her old age, bearing a great child of the Lord, who would be named John.
Mary decided to visit her cousin Elizabeth, and while she was gone she became noticeably pregnant. When Mary returned home her family and husband were shocked and upset. Mary told them of the angel that had come to her, and that she is still pure. Joseph spoke up and said that he would not accuse Mary of sinning against him, because Mary would then be stoned to death. It was then that night while Joseph was sleeping that an angel appeared to him in his dream and told him that his wife was still pure, and she was indeed caring the Lords child, whom they will name Jesus. The angel told Joseph that the child was sent to deliver his people of their suffering.
A few days later is when everyone was directed by King Harold for census purposes, to return to their birthplace with their family members. Mary and Joseph set out for their 100 mile journey to Bethlehem. Upon arriving to Bethlehem, Mary went into labor. Joseph found a manger and this is the place Jesus' was born. A star shinned brightly over the manger, and an angel appeared to all the people telling them of their new king that has been born, and that he was her to save them.
World Religion
The Nativity Story relates to world religion, by displaying many connections with Christianity. In Chapter 11, it tells us of the birth of Jesus', and how he was born to a virgin. The chapter tells us the Jesus' was sent to deliver his people from their sins against his father God. The movie tells of the birth of Jesus', and the reasoning of why he was born. The chapter explains to us that Jesus' was born as the human form of God. The movie also told us of this great child that was born to display all forms of God as a human. I believe that this movie displayed a great viewing of the journeys that Joseph and Mary faced to fulfill the prophecy given to them by God.
The movie also tells us of the prophetic figure John who was born to Mary's cousin Elizabeth. The movie tells us that John was also conceived by the Lord sending him to be birthed by Elizabeth. John is known in the chapter as, John the Baptist, he was sent to warn of God's imminent judgment, and John called all sinners to repent of their sins and to be baptized in water as a sign of spiritual cleansing.
½ February 17, 2014
This movie was a great depict of the Biblical story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The way the plot and movie played out and the stories that led up to the birth of Jesus were amazing. If you have never read the story in the Bible on the birth of Jesus, you can watch this movie and see the vivid picture of what the Bible is talking about. The real and factual depicts from the Bible and the accuracy of the movie is amazing. The fact that most movies do not focus on religion, and this film comes out is a great tribute to Christians, like me. This movie gets your engage, with the action and suspense of what happens next; definitely better than reading in my opinion. It is one of the greatest stories that could be told in the Bible, and the fact that you can see it in a movie, makes it even better. I did not know a lot of the story beside Mary and Joseph and Jesus was born in a manger with sheep and a donkey and the three wise men brought gold, incense, and mur to Mary for the birth of Jesus and that the wise men used the north star to find the birthplace of Jesus Christ. I did not know about Zechariah and his wife Elisabeth was cousins to Mary, and they were pregnant at the same time. I did not know that King Heron was so paranoid about the prophecy coming true that he killed every boy child under the age of three, just so he could continue to rule. This movie is exhilarating and gives the words in the Bible a vivid picture to go along with it. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to understand the nativity story in depth.
November 24, 2013
This movie shows a great depiction of the events prior to the birth of Jesus and the moments of his birth. The movie covers the stories from the Bible that exist in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. One of the great things about this movie is its ability to depict the time frame of Jesus' birth and depict it with pretty close accuracy.
The beginning of the movie starts off by showing Mary and Joseph being betrothed to each other. It shows the angel coming to Mary and speaking of her pregnancy and that she was carrying the son of God. The movie also shows the angel coming to Joseph and explaining to him that he should still take Mary as his wife. This movie shows the struggles that Mary encounters from her being pregnant before her and Joseph are officially together.
The movie also follows Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem, the birth place of Joseph, which is where they must go for the census. One of the great things about the movie is that it follows their journey and shows that it was not an easy trip for Joseph to make with his pregnant wife. The conditions of the weather and the road they had to take definitely show this as being a difficult journey and not the easy one many people picture in their minds.
I have to say that this movie does follow closely with the teachings in the Bible. From my studies in my World Religions class, it is safe to say this movie tried to follow the event as closely as possible to the truth. The movie shows the hardships that would have occurred, as well as the miracle of the birth. It also does a good job of defining Mary and Joseph as special people that were chosen to take on this task. Overall, this movie did a very good job of capturing the biblical story of Jesus' birth.
November 23, 2013
A wonderful movie telling the story of the young Mary (mother of Jesus) her families trials and tribulations and her struggles leading up to the birth of Jesus and days after his arrival. Her family was among the poor and the King's men came to collect taxes, taking what little her father had. He agreed to an arranged marriage between Mary and Joseph, setting the beginning of the beautiful birth of Jesus. Right after her wedding, waiting a year to consummate the vows, Mary was visited by an angel that told Mary she would carry the son of God and name him Jesus. Explaining to the angel that this was not possible given her lack of consummating her marriage, the angel asked again and told Mary that it would be worth the troubles, for God had called upon her. She visited her cousin away from her family during the majority of her pregnancy, upon return her family and her village, along with her husband, were all in shock, none believing her story of the angel but all believing she was unfaithful to her new husband. The angel came to her husband, sharing with him the truth of the baby and allowing his understanding of Mary's pregnancy. The Census sent Mary and Joseph on a journey to Bethlehem. On their journey they crossed many of people, including the King in Jerusalem. Barely making it to Bethlehem Mary gave birth in a barn (manger). They had to depart, running from the King who was in search of the one who would take over his ruling (Jesus).

This movie is a great portrayal of the classic Christian story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The one and only Son of the Lord. Christians know Jesus as their savior, the one who God gave to die for the Sins of all people. The movie shows the greed and power of the King of Jerusalem, Showing the journey of the 3 Wise Men that brought the gifts to the savior, the Shepard that helped Mary stay warm, the struggles of Mary and Joseph and their commitment to God, and the son of the Lord. A wonderful story of the reason for and the birth of Jesus.
November 19, 2013
The story is a drama about Joseph and Mary beginning their life together with the son named Jesus. It did show how things happen years ago involving people fighting over land, the men looking for the star they was following. The way they lived, so many people was in one family. It became crowed when they stayed in the hut at the village. The father gave his daughter away to Joseph for marriage, this is something that was done back in these days.
The movie relate Christ, the birth of Jesus and the way he was born into the world. To follow the star, which was seen and this was the waiting time for God's king when Jesus was born. All of this involve people religion today about God.The bible does mention how Jesus was born. Watching the movie gave a better understanding of his birth. It was said that "John, son would be the prophet" and stand on the sacred mountain to be held'.
Mary had a hard time understanding at first, why her mother and father was trying to marry her so young and fast to a man she hardly knew. She didn't love this man and was confused and upset by this. The parents did explain to her abut this marriage. They felt it was time for her, the family had too many people and was crowded. Mary left and went for a walk, the angel came to speak to Mary. She was told by the angel that she will conceived a son named Jesus. It was a shock to her because she haven't been with a man. Mary wanted to leave to visit her cousin Elizabeth for awhile, she will return to Joseph when she get back. Elizabeth was an older woman and was also carrying a child. They were so happy to see each other and both was pregnant at the same time. they shared the experience of the bay moving and were so exited. Now it was time for Elizabeth to give birth to a baby boy. After Mary visit she return to home with her husband. She had to tell her family about the baby she was carrying. They were not happy to hear the news and didn't believe her at first about the angel talking to her. Joseph was really hurt and knew the child wasn't his. How was he going to explain this to people. He decided to go through with it. Later it was time for Joseph and Mary to leave. They left for the long journey and had breaks in between to rest. Mary finally was ready to give birth to their son name Jesus. The men that was on their journey to follow the star, eventually did see the star when Jesus was born. The men all gave a gift to Jesus after reaching the destination and made a promise not to tell anyone about this, just keep it to themselves.
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