• Released
  • February 28, 2014
  • (Presented in English - unless noted otherwise)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 18 min
  • Drama
63

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Unlike “The Passion of the Christ,” there’s no Aramaic with English subtitles, a lot less blood and no anti-Semitism. No character feels like a caricature... But it’s also dramatically flat, with few actors making much of an impression as they play saints and sinners.
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Sheila O'Malley
Son of God's earnest-ness is not necessarily a strike against it; it was made by earnest people who want to spread the word. But it's a tough draught to swallow if you're not in the mood for a sermon.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

So yes, if you’ve seen "The Bible," you’ve already seen most of Son of God – but if there’s one story where spoilers just don’t apply, it’s the Greatest One Ever Told.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Director Christopher Spencer’s biblical yarn lacks the complex rigor of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” and the fury of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” leaving its star, Diogo Morgado, stuck in a film that’s stiff and earnest.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
This quite mediocre spawned-from-television feature feels like a Jesus film designed primarily for true believers, meaning that the faith-based public that has already been put on alert by seal-of-approval-dispensing church leaders that this is a film to see will make the Fox release into a significant Heartland attraction.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The film does thoroughly succeed in one important regard: offering a coherent, viewer-friendly account of the life of Jesus Christ.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's undoubtedly a daunting role, and Morgado captures the gentle benevolence associated with the messianic figure. He doesn't, however, project the authority, gravitas or depth of a spiritual leader.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Son of God is guilty of all the sins of the 1950s Bible epics, but without any of the majesty.
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50

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
For the most part, though, the film maintains its low ambitions; it is mostly inoffensive, only occasionally ludicrous, and at times, at least for me, genuinely moving.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
It is the story of the faith in which I was raised, and it is a story told here with great reverence and extremely faithful renditions of scenes from the New Testament. But, alas, it’s not a good movie.
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37 out of 100
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