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Son Of God (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection (c) Foxmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense and bloody depiction of The Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Richard Bedser, Nic Young, Christopher Spencer, Colin Swash
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 3, 2014
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Diogo Morgado
as Jesus Christ
Roma Downey
as Mary, Mother of Jes...
Amber Rose Revah
as Mary Magdalene
Andrew Brooke
as Antonius
Greg Hicks
as Pilate
Simon Kunz
as Nicodemus
Paul Marc Davis
as Simon the Pharisee
as Eve
Gary Oliver
as Abraham
Jassa Ahluwalia
as Young David
Langley Kirkwood
as King David
Joe Coen
as Joseph
Leila Mimmack
as Young Mary
Rick Bacon
as Herod Antipas
Fraser Ayres
as Barabbas
Said Bey
as Matthew
Anas Chenin
as Lazarus
Daniel Percival
as John the Baptist
Noureddine Aberdine
as Joseph of Arimathea
Idrissa Sisco
as Simon of Cyrene
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Critic Reviews for Son Of God

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

At times, the script displays a welcome sensitivity to the issues at play. But at other times, it misreads them so badly it gets downright goofy.

Full Review… | March 30, 2015

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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2014

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

Full Review… | May 30, 2014

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

Full Review… | May 23, 2014
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

Nate Z.
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer


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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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!?

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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