The Star Reviews

December 1, 2017
The film believes its myths and propagates them through some of the cheesiest God pop you could ever dread to hear.
December 1, 2017
This thin storyline is padded out with subplots that showcase a bizarrely star-studded voice cast.
November 29, 2017
Why has nobody thought of this before - the Nativity retold for kids via knockabout animal animation and gloopy pop ballads? Oh yes, because it's an absolutely dreadful idea.
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
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
Unless you have tiny, religious children, it's probably best to avoid it.
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
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
Never overcomes the impression that it exists only because it's guaranteed to make a certain sum of money.
November 16, 2017
The movie is sincerely Christian in its outlook, while also a slapstick animal 'toon. It's a mix that works only intermittently. But when it doesn't pop, it thuds.
November 16, 2017
Director Timothy Reckart's The Star turns the greatest story ever told into just another kids' movie.
November 16, 2017
While the movie never soars or burns especially bright, it delivers a modicum of magic without getting pious or gushy.
November 16, 2017
"The Star" delivers a fresh take on a story that its Christian target audience presumably knows by heart, emphasizing such qualities as faith, friendship and teamwork in the process.
November 16, 2017
One senses director Timothy Reckart and screenwriter Carlos Kotkin trying to split the difference between Sunday school and the Cartoon Network, but the results meet the standards of neither.
November 15, 2017
Visual panache is enhanced by delightful voice talent from a widely diverse cast in a film with action, humor, and heart.