The Nativity Story Synopsis
Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) travel to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Slow, solemn going, despite its best efforts at thundering soldiers and comic-relief kings.
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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...
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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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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,...
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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...
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A Story that is NOT worth hearing...

By Mr_Portman
Though the ending did get MUCH better, I felt this movie was dull, unsatisfying, and down-right confusing!...


By krist
the nativity story was a wonderful movie that portrayed the most important event of all time, the birth of Jesus Christ. the acting was wonderful, and humor was sprinkled throughout the script. in...

A Few Errors, Besides That It's Good

By filmreal
I enjoyed this film, but there were a few biblical errors. First of all, the three wisemen didn't arrive on the day of Jesus's birth, they arrived twelve days afterward (Epiphany). It is debatable...


By mommyiswatching
Great Movie for the entire family! Based on the bible and pretty good acting....

Could have been ...

By slowdozer
The Nativity Story was thouroughly enjoyable. My only wish was that they had developed (interpreted) the characters a little more. I guess I was looking for something deeper and more imaginative...

Loved it

By moviefanmls
The Nativity was excellent....felt like I was there...Highly recommend it!...

The Nativity Story

By Mari T.
Great way of sticking right to the story from the Bible! Brings Mary to light and reminds us that, yes, she was blessed among women to be chosen to carry and give birth to our Lord and Saviour, but...

Well done!

By Dana Bianca
The movie was well made!...

Good, but not great.

By emaline27
Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but it definitely had its share of cheesey moments. Keisha Castle-Hughes seemed to only have one emotion and facial expression through the entire movie, but Oscar Isaac...

Great movie

By csh2001
This is a great movie. Very well done and is true to what is in the bible. It brings a different element to the story of Jesus' birth. You really see what mary and Joseph had to endure. It is a great...

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Rated PG | For some violent content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.
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