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....

For Those that Enjoy a Good Movie

By Julia_Loves_Movies
After reading the reviews I wanted to share my thoughts. For the devout Christians, I am glad that Hollywood is considering your interests & catering to them. For every 10 horror films, one is...

The Nativity Story

By Anita
While it will never be a 'blockbuster', this was a good movie. It makes real the circumstances around the birth of Christ. The bible doesn't say that Mary could have been stoned to death. It shows...

OK but I should have waited for the video

By hatetospendthemoney
My daughter and I went, expecting to be moved by this movie. It was a so-so event. Costumes and scenery were interesting and I loved the Mary, Joseph and Elizabeth characters, but there certainly...

Nativity.... YES!! turistas.... no!

By Red_Sox_1
Shall likely go to see this twice this coming week. As for Superfreak... you'll have 'turistas' to view so don't feel too deprived. But eternity just might prove more unsavory than a horrible trip to...

Is not a complicate history

By hotlatin2006
I am latin and the movie it was interesting, never have seen something like that before about the history of Jesus' birth. I liked the photography and the music are very nice...


By jackiemd221
It is a as close as possible narration of the Gospel, the Bible doesn't say much about Jesus' Parents, these were every day working People,with all the ups and downs we face ,we just never think of...

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Rated PG | For some violent content
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