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The Nativity Story Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 30, 2006
An effective pitch for Christianity as the dullest religion ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
December 1, 2006
The pacing is so slow and the religious undertones so heavy that only Jesus himself could rise above the draining weight.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
November 29, 2006
For those who are not pulled to this movie for its religious slant, there's no reason to go. There's nothing here for a serious movie-goer. Despite the sizeable budget, this is little more than a glossy Christmas tract.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
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
| Original Score: 2/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
In essence, the film is exactly what one comes to expect in the telling of the story. Hardwicke brings absolutely nothing to the table, except for a colorless palette. The actors struggle to invest what are essentially plaster saints with some verve, but
Full Review | Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 30, 2006
The greatest story ever told has been made into one of the worst movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
A series of tasteful, stultifying reverent postcards, shorn of life, awe, mystery
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 30, 2006
What we end up with is little more than a Christmas pageant with better production values.
| Original Score: 2/4
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
November 30, 2006
The Nativity Story is no whitewashed Christmas pageant, but it's no masterpiece either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
November 22, 2006
Memories of dreary Sunday school classes come flooding back courtesy of The Nativity Story.
Brian Orndorf
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-
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Beth Accomando
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 28, 2006
In their silken robes, the wise men -- like everyone else in The Nativity Story -- feel like participants in an elaborate high school production, one that looks authentic but has no soul.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 1, 2006
It's not exactly the dullest story ever told, but it's certainly not the greatest.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 30, 2006
One of the greatest stories ever told has become one of the year's worst movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Cornelius
December 11, 2006
They've made a lovely, respectful movie... but it's a Biblical snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
December 8, 2006
For a film about the birth of Jesus, there's nothing particularly joyous or inspiring - just dull, disinteresting details that too strongly disconnect from the human frailty and folly that is hinted at in the story.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 30, 2006
Slavishly reverent, it is accidentally hilarious in its earnestness -- and in its sincere attempts at a touch of humor; it will please believers who don't want their faith tested in the least...
Susan Granger
December 2, 2006
A glossy, cinematic creche.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10-
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 2, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006
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Time Out
December 30, 2006

Irish Times
January 5, 2007
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