Nativity!
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In this British feel-good Christmas film, primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is given the biggest challenge of his life -- staging the school's musical version of the Nativity. As competition with the posh local school heats up, Paul idly raises the stakes to an insurmountable level, claiming that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer (Ashley Jenson), a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with the intent to turn it into a film -- massive dilemma, since they haven't spoken in years! To make matters worse Paul's newly appointed assistant (Mark Wootton) has taken… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"CBeebies if Ronnie Corbett was artistic director; filmmaking by committee, if that committee were made up of the esteemed members of Coventry City Council and chaired by Lenny Henry."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Another British comedy limps into cinemas having inexplicably wrestled its way out of a television script meeting."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"Neither Jensen nor Freeman light up the film - that is left to the gap-toothed, wide-eyed, body-popping and very funny kids."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Even with an engaging cast of primary school kids practically mugging the camera at every opportunity, this is toe-curling and predictable stuff."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"For all that's wrong with Nativity!, there's something apt and endearing about how this sketchy, second‑rate production pulls its socks up for the climax."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A warm, funny and irreverent Christmas movie that ought to become a holiday classic alongside films like 'Elf' and 'A Christmas Story.'"
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Isitt's attitude seems to be that a coherent story and some half-decent jokes are surplus to requirements when you can point a camera at some perky children singing and dancing."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"Clumsily constructed and not very funny, this scruffy British Christmas comedy almost redeems itself with a riotously over-the-top final act"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A pretty shambolic effort, despite its undeniable good-heartedness."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
"Nativity! is a light and painless watch that overcomes its flaws with some strong central performances and a genuine warmth that lifts it above the cynicism of many other festive cash-grabbers."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"A plucky, well-meant enterprise reliant on its audience's festive goodwill."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"The plot wouldn't pass muster as an episode of a CBBC drama, but its various twists and turns and grotesque emotional idiocies are engineered through some of the most wooden dialogue I've ever heard."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
"Funny, sweet and family-friendly seasonal fare."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The show is a hymn to starry, happy-shiny fame and the fascinating business of how to make state-educated children feel valued gets lost amid the X Factor mugging. Next!"
‑ , This is London
"On a snowy Boxing Day afternoon tucked up at home bursting with mince pies and bonhomie you might tolerate Nativity on the TV. In the glaring spotlight of the big screen it's a Christmas turkey."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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