80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Unfolds in a scrupulously accurate historical adventure story that depicts the world of Jesus' birth with an exciting you-are-there verisimilitude.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Isaac's emotional performance as the man who learns to share the woman he loves with the God he worships is profoundly moving and gives the movie its heart.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The Nativity Story surprised me. I didn't expect such an obvious art film approach. Yet the Bible, in the King James version, is great English literature.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
By grounding everything that went before in an earthy realism, Hardwicke earns the elevation of the nativity sequence, one of the more beautiful scenes in this year's cinema.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In a real sense, Nativity Story is the female other to Gibson's "Passion": Dedicated to life rather than death, it's suffused with a sense of the womanly divine.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Slow, solemn going, despite its best efforts at thundering soldiers and comic-relief kings.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Don't expect a Caravaggio, but if your taste turns to Hallmark, this is a good bet -- a straight-up Nativity story as safe as death and taxes.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As dull and inert as the ink used to print the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that informed Mike Rich's script.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
As a piece of religious instruction or an animated version of a crèche, it accomplishes its aims. As a movie, however, it's slow, plodding, and not terribly interesting.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Nativity Story is a film of tame picture-book sincerity, but that's not the same thing as devotion. The movie is too tepid to feel, or see, the light.
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52 out of 100
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