The Star Reviews

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November 27, 2017
It's reasonably lively, and not impious (if you ask me), but set against the best cartoons, it's not the greatest story ever told.
November 24, 2017
Some future shelf life in seminaries seems likely, but as festive treats for kids go, it's like asking for a selection box and being force fed communion wafers instead.
November 23, 2017
The children I watched it with seemed engaged enough in the animated hijinks, although the overall design aesthetic seemed to me more reminiscent of an unskippable Clash of Clans ad than the characterful top-shelf animated film its cast suggests.
November 23, 2017
Delivers ... a preachy, bland and fastidiously inoffensive kind of ersatz fun - a little like those knock-off Christian video games from the early 1990s that mimicked existing hits, but which made you pray for people instead of shoot them.
November 20, 2017
This is a bible-based, animated adventure for children, with the emphasis on cute comedy and familiar pious tropes; it's somewhat dry and bland, but simplicity and an over-qualified voice cast help see it through.
November 20, 2017
Unless you have tiny, religious children, it's probably best to avoid it.
November 18, 2017
It is meant as a mild endorsement to point out that this animated nativity story is every bit as good as the jungle adventures of the animated parrots, Blu and Jewel.
November 17, 2017
While it is harmless enough and sure to pacify viewers under the age of six, The Star serves as the finale of this month's forgettable holiday-themed movie trilogy (following A Bad Moms Christmas and Daddy's Home 2).
November 17, 2017
Tepid
November 17, 2017
A little like The Nativity Story meets The Secret Life of Pets, which probably sounds like a winning formula to some people. If you think The Secret Life of Pets is as mediocre as I think it is...
November 17, 2017
All told, The Star should be a safe bet for families during the upcoming holiday season.
November 17, 2017
The Star may not make your Best Christmas Movies list, but Reckart has turned an interesting idea into a sincere and curious film.
November 17, 2017
This outing is a bit toon-deaf in how it tries having it both ways by mixing the holy with high jinks.
November 17, 2017
Drifting through brainless slapstick, mixed metaphors, moral high ground and back again, it is the latest entry in a recent procession of communion bread and circuses.
November 17, 2017
The writing, voice-acting and animation are unremarkable, but they get the job done, and the film's heart seems to be in the right place.
November 17, 2017
Never overcomes the impression that it exists only because it's guaranteed to make a certain sum of money.
November 16, 2017
Because The Bible needs more butt jokes.
November 16, 2017
[P]arents will appreciate the film's many strong points and spirit while getting immense pleasure from just watching their kids' pleasure.
November 16, 2017
Propelled by innocuous Christmas carol covers, The Star passes by harmlessly toward its pretty tableau of Mary and Joseph holding their son in the manger.
November 16, 2017
Overall, The Star is content to deliver its news to the faithful. It's not out to change minds, although it does suggest that even a stubborn donkey can find a new purpose at Christmas.
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