The Nativity Story
The Nativity Story (2006)

"The Nativity Story" portrays a chronicle of the perilous journey of a young couple, Mary and Joseph, who must travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph's ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Nativity Story is a dull retelling of a well-worn tale with the look and feel of a high-school production.

Tom Charity

Of course there is nothing inherently wrong with preaching to the converted -- secular Hollywood does it all the time. But I confess I wish the movie had some of the passion of The Passion of the Christ.

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Stephanie Zacharek

I have to hand it to Hardwicke: I was a lot less bored by The Nativity Story than I feared I'd be.

Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

We just haven't had too many films that concentrate on this story.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

It's not exactly the dullest story ever told, but it's certainly not the greatest.

Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Frankly, anyone could have made this movie in the particular way it's presented.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

...a filmed Sunday-school lesson that favors a dry, by-the-Book approach over even a suggestion of dramatic interpretation. It's more Christmas pageant than movie.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The Nativity Story may prove just idiosyncratic enough to alienate the doctrinaire believers but not quite weird enough to appeal to revisionists, cultists or regular holiday moviegoers.

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Fernando F. Croce

A series of tasteful, stultifying reverent postcards, shorn of life, awe, mystery

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I wasn't sure what to really expect from this, especially given how I was hesitant to ever see it...and that was before I knew who Catherine Hardwicke was,… More
Red Lats
Well, if you have ever sat through a Christmas play, you know the story already. The movie was OK - nothing earth-shattering. I didn't realize the middle… More
Bentley Lyles
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Dean McKenna
Beautiful Bible film of Jesus' parents on their incredible journey of hope and discovery. This is my first time of Bible story about Mary and Joseph before… More
danny d
this film has not been well recieved, but it was powerful. there were a few small inaccuracies as far as consitency to Scripture, but the film was well made… More
Dann Michalski
A faithful adaption of the biblical account of Jesus Christ's birth, The Nativity Story is a powerful telling of this classic tale. Director Catherine… More