Nativity! (2009)

This is about two rival English schools vying to outdo each other in the annual Christmas nativity play.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2014
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)

Another British comedy limps into cinemas having inexplicably wrestled its way out of a television script meeting.

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Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)

Neither Jensen nor Freeman light up the film - that is left to the gap-toothed, wide-eyed, body-popping and very funny kids.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A warm, funny and irreverent Christmas movie that ought to become a holiday classic alongside films like 'Elf' and 'A Christmas Story.'

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Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday

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.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Clumsily constructed and not very funny, this scruffy British Christmas comedy almost redeems itself with a riotously over-the-top final act

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

A plucky, well-meant enterprise reliant on its audience's festive goodwill.

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Robert Hanks
Independent (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.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Funny, sweet and family-friendly seasonal fare.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
A good and funny British film. A must see for lovers of British comedy but overall it wasn't anything special in terms of story and it did have a lot of… More
David Sayers
Another improvised film (after Confetti) from Isitt that's a bit hit and miss in places and requires a few more big laughs to be wholly successful but is… More
Louis Rogers
It is shockingly predictable, cheesy and cliched. But somehow this never begins to matter because it doesn't take itself seriously, just bounds along and… More
Theta Sigma
Primary school teacher Paul Maddens (Martin Freeman) is given the unenviable task of directing St Bernadette's school nativity play. To gain a review… More