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Son Of God (2014)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 52

The faithful may find their spirits raised, but on purely cinematic terms, Son of God is too dull and heavy-handed to spark much fervor.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 21

The faithful may find their spirits raised, but on purely cinematic terms, Son of God is too dull and heavy-handed to spark much fervor.



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This major motion picture event -- an experience created to be shared among families and communities across the U.S. -- brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar (R)-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays the role of Jesus

Jun 3, 2014


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Aimed at a devotional middle-American audience, this never risks the sort of individual perspective necessary to bring the story to life onscreen, for good or ill.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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At best, this version succeeds as a Sunday school supplement. But the blandness is enough to make you long for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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People will always want to spend money for this sort of thing, even if they've already seen it. And in this case, they've literally already seen it.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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The film goes wild with helicopter shots of Jesus and his followers traveling through the hills. Who knew Christ was lord of the rings?

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The target evangelical audience may well respond enthusiastically, but, unless your own salvation is riding on it, the film is mostly a slog.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is more a pageant than a story about characters and their motivations; it's as brusque in its storytelling as an illustrated children's bible, which would at least offer some mystery and grandeur in the composition of its images.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Son of God is the simple case of an adaptation that doesn't have anything new or original to add to a tale that has been told many, many times before.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source:

Not that this cobbled-together film is done badly, but it is a choppy, by-the-numbers bland-out.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: 3AW

A blandly well-intentioned biopic of an ex-carpenter-turned-prophet who caused quite a stir down Jerusalem way some 21 centuries ago.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

The hunk factor aside, it's bizarre that a film presumably conceived as an act of devotion should feel so lacklustre and impersonal.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Son of God holds a particular relevance during these spiritually confusing times, and reminds that the story of Christ need be one that is never forgotten.

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

If I wasn't watching this in a theatre, I might've presumed I got sent the film on VHS after responding to a late-night infomercial.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source:

Its roots as a television series are obvious, and it's a long way from the likes of 'Ben-Hur' or 'The Greatest Story Ever Told.' Still, 'Son of God' has a couple of sequences that make it an above-average picture.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Such a heavy-handed approach drains some of the emotional power from its best sequences, including a vivid and bloody depiction of the Crucifixion.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

Although nicely shot and capably acted, it mostly feels inert, shackled into moderation and flatness by its fear of offending (and possibly challenging) its core audience.

March 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

This abridged gospel has slicker production values than most Sunday school lessons. ... But ultimately Son of God is preaching to the choir.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Biz
L.A. Biz good as any film edited together from segments of a History Channel miniseries can be expected to be, which is to say it's utterly terrible.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There is little cinematic about the film. Instead, it is a series of figurative illustrations.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Bland, banal, faith-based biopic, aimed at a church-driven audience of true believers.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Cramped, static and rarely cinematic.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Powerful & Well Done

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source:

So to review Son of God requires as much commentary on the experience theatergoers are buying as the film itself.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

suitably reverent, but not at all stuffy

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

... a genuinely bland and forgettable picture... about as middle-of-the-road as a movie can be.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

Audience Reviews for Son Of God

Safe to the point of unyielding boredom, Son of God is a film that is too fearful to be anything but bland. It's a resuscitation of the life and times of Jesus Christ, but it's so static because it's a collection of the Jesus Greatest Hits checklist. This is more a jumble of scenes than a movie, with little room given to flesh out the man who asked others to eat of his flesh. If anything, the one takeaway it presents is a more rounded and surprisingly empathetic perspective on why the leaders of the time felt threatened by Jesus. There is nothing here that stands out, that separates it from the glut of Biblical dramas of the past, beyond a penchant for reaction shots of an anguished Mary (Roma Downey, a producer as well). Son of God is shot and acted with the limited vision of a TV movie, and it's easy to see why. The movie is actually partially culled from footage of The Bible miniseries that aired on the History Channel in record numbers. With that context, it's easy to see the movie as a crass brand extension. I almost fell asleep at several points chiefly because I knew exactly what was coming and had little engagement with those onscreen. Just because you got Jesus up there doesn't mean to get to slack when it comes to characterization. Even Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ brought the cinematic spectacle. This is just a bland movie that only preaches to the converted.

Nate's Grade: C
March 21, 2014
Nate Zoebl

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Cobbled together from a History Channel miniseries, Son of God lacks a cinematic touch. In a rather pedestrian way the film tells the Gospel story; following the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The storytelling and character development are quite poor, as the film pretty much requires the audience to already know the Biblical accounts of Jesus. Additionally, there's no vision to this depiction of the Gospel. Bottom line, Son of God is a bland, ambitionless Biblical film that offers nothing new or insightful.
July 6, 2014
Dann Michalski

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On religious terms Son of God was very well done but on cinematic terms it made Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ" seems like an Oscar winning picture. It was one of the dullest movies I've seen in a long time. I think with this one though instead of "trying" to go full force in the audience's faces like TPOTC, this one held back so much it's like they weren't even trying. I also felt like this one was unbearably cheesy... like really REALLY cheesy. I definitely feel like the movie had a lot of potential if the film-makers would have tried harder they could have had a half decent story. They also seemed to cram so much into the story; I think they tried too hard to cover too much. I understand that some people would say this movie is Powerful and inspirational etc. I mean it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, although I wouldn't be surprised if no one is talking about this movie this time next year. I wasn't a huge fan of the actor as the lead either; they could have picked someone a lot better. And then of course he was white which was probably the most annoying thing to do with this movie. I just felt like this movie had way too many flaws and like I said it was a little annoying because like I said I really feel like it could have had potential. What I didn't expect was that this one was going to be worse than TPOTC. This one wasn't as controversial or as historically inaccurate, but it was just so boring. Diogo Morgado's performance as Jesus was probably the most boring by far. It wasn't anything new either, I felt like I've seen this movie a hundred times.... Because it's literally been done a hundred times, and there's PLENTY more coming this year, let's just hope they're better than this one. The camera work felt really lazy as well, way too many shots of walking... walking... walking... and yup you guessed it... walking. It was like Lord of the Rings meets The Bible.
March 7, 2014
Heather Joy

Super Reviewer

The latest American Christian movie produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, was adapted from the ten-hour miniseries The Bible, shown on the History channel. Dully directed by Christopher Spencer it managed to gather a bunch of uncharismatic actors with Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey and Darwin Shaw leading the group. The screenplay was simply edited version of the text from the Gospel according to John which follows the life of the Messiah. The credit for that belongs to Richard Bedser, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash and Nic Young.

I definitely prefer the reading of the story from the Scriptures, because this filmed version was historically so inaccurate that I wonder how it passed any editor at History Channel! All I could watch were re-chewed scenes from the miniseries as well as boring footage not aired in the telecast. The possible interesting parts were not included like scenes featuring Satan (played by Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni) due to a controversy from the series that claimed the actor resembled the United States President Barack Obama. The resemblance was first pointed out notably by Glenn Beck ahead of that episode's premiere on History Channel.
It seems like Sunday School tool, very shallow, and almost perfect for Catholic sanitised views on the Scriptures. All those miracles and amazing events were presented in a tone which was so flat, that soon became a perfect instrument for snoozing!

If you think that you have more faith than the size of a mustard seed and you can cope with a bad story, directing and acting - go for it! Maybe at the end you'll write that is inspirational!?
June 30, 2014
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

    1. Jesus Christ: Before this night is over, you will deny me three times.
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    1. Peter: What are we going to do, then?
    2. Jesus Christ: We are going to change the world.
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    1. Jesus Christ: Ow! That really hurts!
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