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....

The Nativity

By moviesilove
I loved seeing the story come to life....


By glp
I attended the movie with my wife and daughter and found it worthwhile and enjoyable. As a Catholic I do have a bias and affection for Mary. I see her not as this magical person but a real life...

Surprisingly enjoyable.

By lauraxxface
A friend and I went to see this because we felt like going to the movies and there was nothing else we wanted to see. It was such a pleasant surprise! This movie was very enjoyable for viewers of all...

Nativity Story

By Krodane
Great sound track will purchase the cd...

The Nativity Story

By moviesrwe2
Critics greatly underrated this movie. The story is told with depth and clarity. How many times have we heard the story, yet this film brings it more to life and drives the meaning deeper into the...

A humble beginning to the story of love.

By marrc
To immerse yourself in th Nativity Story is to become peaceful and see how it started that first Christmas Eve. When God waited for that just right time. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst...

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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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