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The Nativity Story Reviews

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Heather Huntington
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
If nothing else, it is refreshing to see a Christmas movie that actually has something to do with Christmas!
Matthew Turner
December 30, 2006
Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen) may seem like an unusual choice for a Biblical epic, but she proves an inspired choice, choosing to focus on the authenticity of the story, primarily through Mary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 7, 2006
Perhaps this disappointing movie will inspire an up-and-coming filmmaker to sense the true potential of this story, and to deliver the first great film about the nativity.
| Original Score: C
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 4, 2006
We just haven't had too many films that concentrate on this story.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 4, 2006
The faithful will be satisfied (if not exactly inspired)...
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 3, 2006
The film is made with intelligence, restraint, and it shows proper respect for the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Brent Simon
December 1, 2006
With only twenty-four praying days left before Christmas, New Line opts for the filmmaking commandment "Thou Shall Not Seek Controversy."
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
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.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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-
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 1, 2006
How moved you are by this holiday fare depends, beyond basic human empathy, on your piety (or nostalgia for childhood readings and Nativity plays).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 1, 2006
An engrossing, thoughtful and artistic motion picture that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates potent drama in an exotic location and time.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 1, 2006
Yes, there is something about Mary. Something inspiring. Something hopeful.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 1, 2006
There is none of the anti-clerical, anti-establishment fury of Gibson's film; in their place is a simplicity and humble awe that has a very different appeal.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 1, 2006
This is the movie Mel Gibson should have made, a simple tale simply titled and sweetly told.
| Original Score: 4/5

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 2, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
December 30, 2006
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Time Out
December 30, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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