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The Young Messiah (2016)



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The inspiring and unique story of seven-year-old Jesus Christ and His family as they come to a fuller understanding of His divine nature and purpose.

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Sean Bean
as Severus
David Bradley
as Old Rabbi (Nazareth)
Lee Boardman
as Roman Squad Leader
Jane Lapotaire
as Old Sarah
David Burke
as Blind Rabbi
Dorotea Mercuri
as Eleazer's Mother
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Jarreth J. Merz
as Eleazer's Father
Giselda Volodi
as Female Soothsayer
Lydia Muijen
as Bald Soothsayer
Douglas Dean
as Physician
Matt Patresi
as Cynical Stranger
Simone Spinazze
as Eli - Impoverished Pilgrim
Simone Spinazze
as Eli - Impoverished Pilgrim
Marco Iannone
as Wiseman 3
Gabrielle Dentoni
as Eleazer's Cousin
Gabrielle Chiararo
as Mother Crying
Ioan Gunn
as Wizened Soothsayer
Andrea Scarduzio
as Dove Seller
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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12)

The Young Messiah takes a different approach by focusing on a specific point in Jesus's childhood. But the faith-based film drags, and is mostly unremarkable.

August 2, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Young Messiah struggles to hold its audience's attention.

March 14, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

"The Young Messiah" performs no miracles.

March 14, 2016 | Full Review…

We know how the story ends, so there's little in the way of tension.

March 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This uninspiring, borderline inept spiritual drama about the Son of God's formative years preaches to the choir.

March 12, 2016 | Full Review…

This pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety.

March 11, 2016 | Full Review…
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Based on an Anne Rice novel, The Young Messiah is an apocryphal story about Jesus Christ as a child. Set after the death of King Herod the Great, Joseph and Mary decide to end their exile in Egypt and move back to Nazareth while also grappling with what to tell Jesus as he starts questioning who he is and his abilities. Most of the film seems inspired by non-canonical Christian scriptures, which present some interesting questions but don't have a lot to say spiritually. Nevertheless, it's an interesting story and the production values are really good. Also, the use of fresh unknown actors helps with the authentic period feel. The Young Messiah isn't bad film really, but it undercuts its relevance by going outside of traditional Christian mythology.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

Standard speculative conjecture about what might've happened in the life of Christ when he was only a wee one, delivered in that mock seriousness these types of films revel in. Ho-hum. Still, better than Risen was. Already waiting for Mel Gibson's follow-up to Passion of The Christ.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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