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The Nativity Story (2006)



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

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"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 Herod. It is a journey of over 100 miles, through treacherous terrain, made much more difficult by the fact that Mary is nine months pregnant

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Shaun Toub
as Joaquim
Ciarán Hinds
as King Herod
Alexander Siddig
as Archangel Gabriel
Nadim Sawalha
as Melchior
Eric Ebouaney
as Balthasar
Francesca Piliero
as Mary's Friend
Serge Feuillard
as Eldest Priest
Andy Lucas
as Tax Collector
Tomer Sisley
as Tax Collector
Jeffrey Kissoon
as Herod's Assistant
Lucia Zotti
as Elizabeth's Aunt
Monica Contini
as Elizabeth's Cousin
Paola Sotgiu
as Midwife
Stewart Scudamore
as Street Preacher
Chiara Di Pede
as Girl Taken By Soldier
Zinedine Soualem
as Girl's Father
Damir Todorovic
as Soldier At Collection
Matt Patresi
as Sentry Soldier
Ted Rusoff
as Old Shepherd
Yvonne Sciò
as Thief's Accomplice
Andrea Bruschi
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Jean Claude Breitman-Deret
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Angela Lurilli
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Francesco Martoccia
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Alessandro Piscitelli
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Maria Antonietta DiMonte
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Emilio Andrisiani
as Bethlehem Townsperson
Emilia Fortunato
as Bethlehem Townsperson
as The Donkey
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Critic Reviews for The Nativity Story

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (45)

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.

July 9, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

December 4, 2006

...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.

December 2, 2006 | Rating: C+
Top Critic

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

December 1, 2006

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

December 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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.

December 1, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nativity Story


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, and way before Twilight. I finally sat down and watched it (not much better to do when one can't sleep a day or two after Christmas)..truth is...this actually isn't too bad. It's not a great movie, but it's decent enough, and worth a watch once in a while. Tjis is actually a quite faithful and thoughtful take on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's powerful, and moving, and all of that sentimental stuff, but that doesn'ty take away from the fact that even then, it's got some good camera work (although I wish the film didn't look so washed out), okay performances, and is very accessible. Also, there's a lot of great anthropological/cultural/historical type stuff on display, and not only is it done well, I was surprised it was there (in a good way). This is no masterpiece, but it does the story justice.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Christmas Move Review Mania Episode #1: The Nativity Story It's the last day of November and people around the world are preparing for the Christmas season. I am to and welcome to Christmas Movie Review Mania! I will be writing reviews of Christmas movies up until the big day. This won't be a daily thing. To start off, I will review a film that promotes the true meaning of Christmas: The Nativity Story. The film is a retelling of Mary and Joseph story. Despite the fact that Mary is a virgin, God makes her the mother of Jesus Christ. Her and her arranged husband, Joseph travel to Bethlehem in order to pay their taxes and give birth to the child as well. Meanwhile, the Wise Men are on their way to meet the child and King Herod make a plan to massacre baby boys and the Son of God himself. The cinematography is amazing and realistic and Catherine Hardwickes's direction (she also helmed Twilight) is wonderful. The acting is good. I don't see why many critics hated it. Mary's actress added much emotion into her character. Oscar Isaac was awesome as Joseph. The supporting cast delivers as well. A beautiful film that everyone needs to see this season. I mean it! "I wonder if I will even be able to teach him anything."

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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 and well played. I'll watch this every Christmas from now on.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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