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The Nativity Story Reviews

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December 4, 2006
The faithful will be satisfied (if not exactly inspired)...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2006
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
The film is made with intelligence, restraint, and it shows proper respect for the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 2, 2006
A glossy, cinematic creche.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10-
December 2, 2006
...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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 2, 2006
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
A complete surprise: Joseph comes across in this Biblical drama as a more engrossing and mysterious character than Mary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
Everything is handled with an anvil-like importance, forgetting that, in essence, this is tale of great joy and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 1, 2006
With only twenty-four praying days left before Christmas, New Line opts for the filmmaking commandment "Thou Shall Not Seek Controversy."
December 1, 2006
Director Catherine Hardwicke pays attention to details about simple things like clothes, food and activities that make 'The Nativity Story' seem so real.
December 1, 2006
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
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 1, 2006
I have to hand it to Hardwicke: I was a lot less bored by The Nativity Story than I feared I'd be.
December 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
December 1, 2006
It's not exactly the dullest story ever told, but it's certainly not the greatest.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
This retelling of the familiar tale is as solemnly predictable as a Catholic-school nativity play, and nearly as dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
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?
December 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
December 1, 2006
The Nativity Story has a quiet sincerity to it that's sometimes quite moving, and sometimes just too quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: B-
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