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The Young Messiah (2016)



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Movie Info

The inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ and His family as they come to a fuller understanding of His divine nature and purpose.more
Rating: PG (for some violence and thematic elements)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cyrus Nowrasteh, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2016
Focus Features - Official Site


Sean Bean
as Severus
David Bradley
as Old Rabbi (Nazareth)
Lee Boardman
as Roman Squad Leader
Jane Lapotaire
as Old Sarah
Rory Keenan
as The Demon
David Burke
as Blind Rabbi
Dorotea Mercuri
as Eleazer's Mother
Giselda Volodi
as Female Soothsayer
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Lydia Muijen
as Bald Soothsayer
Douglas Dean
as Physician
Simone Spinazze
as Eli - Impoverished P...
Marco Iannone
as Wiseman 3
Gabrielle Dentoni
as Eleazer's Cousin
Gabrielle Chiararo
as Mother Crying
Ioan Gunn
as Wizened Soothsayer
Andrea Scarduzio
as Dove Seller
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Critic Reviews for The Young Messiah

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

The Young Messiah struggles to hold its audience's attention.

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

"The Young Messiah" performs no miracles.

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
New York Times
Top Critic

We know how the story ends, so there's little in the way of tension.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Top Critic

This uninspiring, borderline inept spiritual drama about the Son of God's formative years preaches to the choir.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Top Critic

Perhaps realizing that enticing nonbelievers into another movie about the life of Christ may necessitate the wild-style of a director like Darren Aronofsky, the filmmakers decided to play it safe rather than risk conservative Evangelical rejection.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Young Messiah

A good story on what the life of Jesus would have been like as a young boy. if you're not a believer, you wouldn't appreciate it.

Eduardo Rojas

A different take on a story often told, the Young Messiah fails to have that satisfactory end and feeling of completeness. Slow and merely touching the surface, I wished the film had gone more in-depth on the character. Even though it was an interesting segment on the life of Jesus, the film's overall wholeness was a dip in the shallows.

Vanessa L.
Vanessa Lee

the Young Messiah after thoughts: very emotional story of the earlier journeys of our Lord. So close to Easter, this was a beautiful telling that gave an intriguing view of what His life may have been like. This was not a complex story with twist & turns leading no where. The film captured the childlike qualities of the boy Jesus & gave a deeper sense of what would be His future. As a Catholic, it was difficult not to feel an attachment to this boy, brilliantly portrayed by Adam G. Other memorable performances: Sara L (Mary), Vincent W (Joseph), Finn I (James) & the rest of the cast! Thank you, Anne Rice for your novel & Betsy G/Cyrus N (screenplay). MUST SEE FOR EASTER 2016! ­???­??╝­???­??╝­???­??╝­???­??╝.5 of 5 (4.5 of 5)

The Young Messiah Quotes

Cleopas: I hate hiding in caves!
– Submitted by Guy B (2 months ago)
Joseph: Your questions are the questions of a child and your answers are for a man.
– Submitted by Trina B (2 months ago)
Jesus: You don't know the answers, do you? You don't know what's going to happen!
– Submitted by Trina B (2 months ago)
Joseph: How do we explain God to His own son?
– Submitted by Trina B (2 months ago)

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