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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    By grounding everything that went before in an earthy realism, Hardwicke earns the elevation of the nativity sequence, one of the more beautiful scenes in this year's cinema. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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 movie its heart. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As dull and inert as the ink used to print the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that informed Mike Rich's script. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Unfolds in a scrupulously accurate historical adventure story that depicts the world of Jesus' birth with an exciting you-are-there verisimilitude. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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 English literature. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Slow, solemn going, despite its best efforts at thundering soldiers and comic-relief kings. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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 of the womanly divine. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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 taxes. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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, and not terribly interesting. show more

  • 25
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A star rises in the east. A savior is born. Two thousand years later, a surprisingly dull film is made. show more

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