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The Young Messiah (2016)



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The inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ and His family as they come to a fuller understanding of His divine nature and purpose.

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Sean Bean
as Severus
David Bradley
as Old Rabbi (Nazareth)
Lee Boardman
as Roman Squad Leader
Jane Lapotaire
as Old Sarah
David Burke
as Blind Rabbi
Dorotea Mercuri
as Eleazer's Mother
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Giselda Volodi
as Female Soothsayer
Lydia Muijen
as Bald Soothsayer
Douglas Dean
as Physician
Marco Iannone
as Wiseman 3
Gabrielle Dentoni
as Eleazer's Cousin
Gabrielle Chiararo
as Mother Crying
Ioan Gunn
as Wizened Soothsayer
Andrea Scarduzio
as Dove Seller
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Critic Reviews for The Young Messiah

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

The Young Messiah struggles to hold its audience's attention.

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

"The Young Messiah" performs no miracles.

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
New York Times
Top Critic

We know how the story ends, so there's little in the way of tension.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Top Critic

This uninspiring, borderline inept spiritual drama about the Son of God's formative years preaches to the choir.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

This pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
Top Critic

Perhaps realizing that enticing nonbelievers into another movie about the life of Christ may necessitate the wild-style of a director like Darren Aronofsky, the filmmakers decided to play it safe rather than risk conservative Evangelical rejection.

Full Review… | March 11, 2016
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Audience Reviews for The Young Messiah


Based on an Anne Rice novel, The Young Messiah is an apocryphal story about Jesus Christ as a child. Set after the death of King Herod the Great, Joseph and Mary decide to end their exile in Egypt and move back to Nazareth while also grappling with what to tell Jesus as he starts questioning who he is and his abilities. Most of the film seems inspired by non-canonical Christian scriptures, which present some interesting questions but don't have a lot to say spiritually. Nevertheless, it's an interesting story and the production values are really good. Also, the use of fresh unknown actors helps with the authentic period feel. The Young Messiah isn't bad film really, but it undercuts its relevance by going outside of traditional Christian mythology.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


It was entertaining at times. Even though it was extremely biblical inaccurate I had somewhat of a good time. It also felt like it went on for 20 minutes to long. 50/100

Ryan  Heiser
Ryan Heiser

The Young Messiah is a dull and boring movie that doesn't bring anything new to the table. The performances are fine. The young boy who plays Jesus is fine. So is Sean Bean. The villain overacts in every scene. The production design is good. But the plot is extremely dull. You know how the story will end. There is no mystery or suspense. There isn't any tension in the film. Also, the directing and editing were off. There was too much shaky-cam. Also, there were many strange camera angles in the film. The film is poorly edited It is edited sloppily. The script is alright. There are a couple of moments where cheesy dialogue is present, but other than that it's fine. Overall, there are many worse Christian films out there. Still, the film is very boring and is poorly made.

Chris Fasano
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