The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) plays the Virgin Mary in this dramatic retelling following her and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) during the miraculous pregnancy, their journey to Bethlehem, and the history defining birth.

The filmmakers have prided themselves on historically accurate sets & costumes, and found authentic locations in Matera, Italy – "which has been virtually unchanged for centuries" and previously used in Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ.

2006Rating: PG, contains violence91 minsUSA
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It helps if you enjoy the story before seeing the movie

I enjoyed this primarily because it reminded me of important aspects of the nativity story. For example, Zechariah's epiphany in the temple. For that reason alone I've given it 4 stars. However, the movie lacks imagination in many areas: - Keisha acts like this is her first significant role: wooden and limited in her expressions particularly compared to...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Memories of dreary Sunday school classes come flooding back courtesy of "The Nativity Story." Earnestly Hallmark-worthy to a fault, this stodgy addition to the cinematic religious revival gravy train offers only a bit of Year One location realism to distinguish it from films of its kind made in the '50s and early '60s...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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In the end, this version of the nativity story is no worse than those in the picture books of my childhood. But neither is it better...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Memories of dreary Sunday school classes come flooding back courtesy of "The Nativity Story." Earnestly Hallmark-worthy to a fault, this stodgy addition to the cinematic religious revival gravy train offers only a bit of Year One location realism to distinguish it from films of its kind made in the '50s and early '60s...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

In the end, this version of the nativity story is no worse than those in the picture books of my childhood. But neither is it better...

2.0

It helps if you enjoy the story before seeing the movie

I enjoyed this primarily because it reminded me of important aspects of the nativity story. For example, Zechariah's epiphany in the temple. For that reason alone I've given it 4 stars. However, the movie lacks imagination in many areas: - Keisha acts like this is her first significant role: wooden and limited in her expressions particularly compared to...

4.0