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The Star (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Star may not leave audiences singing "Hallelujah," but its offbeat yet sincere approach to the nativity story makes for acceptably diverting holiday viewing.

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In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas. THE STAR is directed by Academy Award (R) nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS); executive-produced by DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN), Lisa Henson and Brian Henson (The Jim Henson Company); produced by Jenni Magee Cook; with a story by Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore; and screenplay by Carlos Kotkin. Digital animation by Cinesite Studios.

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Steven Yeun
as Bo the donkey
Keegan-Michael Key
as Dave the dove
Kelly Clarkson
as Leah the horse
Anthony Anderson
as Zach the goat
Aidy Bryant
as Ruth the sheep
Ving Rhames
as Thaddeus the dog
Gabriel Iglesias
as Rufus the dog
Patricia Heaton
as Edith the cow
Kristin Chenoweth
as Abby the mouse
Mariah Carey
as Rebecca
as Elizabeth
Joel McCrary
as Angel, Zechariah
Phil Morris
as Balthazer, Miller
Fred Tatasciore
as Melchior- Pottery Vendor
Tex Lang
as Hunter
Roger Craig Smith
as Chamberlain - Inn Keeper #5
Joe Whyte
as Scribe
William Townsend
as Horse - Goat
Gregg Berger
as Inn Keeper #3
Melissa Sturm
as Inn Keeper #4
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Critic Reviews for The Star

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (17)

The film believes its myths and propagates them through some of the cheesiest God pop you could ever dread to hear.

December 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This thin storyline is padded out with subplots that showcase a bizarrely star-studded voice cast.

November 30, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Why has nobody thought of this before - the Nativity retold for kids via knockabout animal animation and gloopy pop ballads? Oh yes, because it's an absolutely dreadful idea.

November 29, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some future shelf life in seminaries seems likely, but as festive treats for kids go, it's like asking for a selection box and being force fed communion wafers instead.

November 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Delivers ... a preachy, bland and fastidiously inoffensive kind of ersatz fun - a little like those knock-off Christian video games from the early 1990s that mimicked existing hits, but which made you pray for people instead of shoot them.

November 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Unless you have tiny, religious children, it's probably best to avoid it.

November 20, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Star

From Sony Animation comes a fun, new telling of the Nativity Story in The Star. The film follows a donkey who escapes from the mill and is taken in by newlyweds Mary and Joseph, and soon becomes torn between following his dream of joining the Royal Caravan and helping his new friends. Featuring the voice talents of Zachary Levi, Christopher Plummer, Kelly Clarkson, and Kristin Chenoweth, the film is fairly well cast. And, the animation style is pretty good; with some charming and cute character designs for the various animals that gives them personality. However the music is rather intrusive, really drawing attention to itself (pushing the soundtrack). Also, the message of the Nativity Story is a little watered down; but given that it's aimed at kids, that's somewhat to be expected. The Star isn't perfect, but it's an entertaining film that the whole family can enjoy.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


In The Star, the latest production from Sony Pictures Animation (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Arthur Christmas), we are introduced to a sheep named Ruth (voiced by SNL's Aidy Bryant) who has essentially defected from her flock because of the titular star, an unusually bright heavenly body that showed up around the same time the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in Nazareth to inform her she was highly favored and would be carrying and raising the son of God. Ruth can't help but to feel the appearance of this star is significant in a way she can't describe or pinpoint, but rather it is something she inherently feels she can't ignore. Ruth follows this feeling even when the rest of her flock continue to travel with their herd. This more or less makes Ruth the greatest embodiment of what true, genuine faith looks like in The Star and while this is a movie based around the nativity story in a way children might be able to more easily access it, this is the greatest virtue it has to offer. Admittedly, the idea of going against the grain, rebelling against the norm for the sake of something you truly believe in is something of a common theme in children's entertainment so as to promote individuality (this is the arc played by our main character, a donkey named Bo (Steven Yeun), actually), but there is a difference in doing something out of desire or drive for the satisfaction of your own life and being able to give of your own life for a purpose you believe is greater than yourself and that is what comes to be the most evident about Ruth in The Star. Ruth exemplifies a selflessness in service of this unwavering faith in something that struck her upon seeing that star start shining in the sky; a feeling she can't explain other than to describe the fact it stirs something inside of her. But faith has always been about not having the right answers, but rather a feeling. A hunch, really. It's a hunch that there is something bigger connecting it all and connecting us all together. For Ruth, and eventually Bo and several other animals that bear witness to the events that take place in The Star that feeling, that hunch, turns out to be God. read the whole review at

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer


For those who might be looking for some stories at least based on Christianity itself, The Star is something for you to see. Otherwise, all together what it makes is a huge forgettable movie that never attempts to shine to victory compared to the other movies.

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EpicLadySponge the Adventurer

Super Reviewer

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