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....

Gave new meaning to story of Christmas

By Pgmovie
I truly enjoyed this movie. It's about time the filmmakers make good wholesome movies. I thought this movie gave great insight to the lives of Mary and Joseph once they accepted God's plan for them...

Very Good

My entire family enjoyed this movie. My kids did leave wanting to know more though....

The reason for the season

By Maxcast
The Nativity Story is a wonderful dipiction on the birth of Jesus. This movie will really inspire you to remember the real roots why this whole Christmas season celebration began. God gave us all a...

The Nativity

By Natalienat
Wonderful...beautifully portrayed an actually stayed almost totally accurate to scripture....worthwhile seeing.......

Great Movie!!!

By matador
I'm so glad to a movie about Jesus in a beautiful, positive way....

Greatest Story Ever Told

By lv_movies
Great movie about the birth of Christ. I read alot of the other reviews and some believe and some don't. Some think it's a fable and maybe you're right. BUT...what if you're wrong??? Merry Christmas...

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Rated PG | For some violent content
What Parents Need to Know
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