MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 522 this week

The Nativity Story (2006)

 -  Drama | Family  -  1 December 2006 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 7,216 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 199 user | 120 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 18 Jul 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 14 Aug 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 15 Jan 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 01 Apr 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Nativity Story (2006)

The Nativity Story (2006) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Nativity Story.

User Polls

3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Whale Rider (2002)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community and inspiring hope among everyone he comes in contact. An unsuspecting substitute postman... See full summary »

Directors: David Nixon, Patrick Doughtie
Stars: Tanner Maguire, Jeffrey Johnson, Robyn Lively
Janie (2006)
Short | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Janie, a 9-year-old girl, has a perfect life as an only daughter in a loving family. Her life, however, gets completely shattered when Ben, the little brother she never knew existed, unexpectedly shows up to live with her family.

Director: Christine Shin
Stars: Blaine Saunders, Tanner Maguire, Deborah Quayle
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Jason returns home to study for the bar exam, but instead finds that his purpose in life was not what he'd originally thought.

Director: Zac Heath
Stars: Josh Odor, Craig Luttrell, Jaclyn Friedlander
Martian Child (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director: Menno Meyjes
Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

After winning the lottery, E, a young Maori Rapper returns home to New Zealand to find his musical and traditional roots. In the quest to find his voice he soon becomes lost as love, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Herd
Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adam Saunders, Sarah Bishop
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Joaquim
...
...
...
...
...
...
Stefan Kalipha ...
Alessandro Giuggioli ...
Farida Ouchani ...
Ruth
Saïd Amadis ...
Tero
...
Mary's Friend
Edit

Storyline

In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joesph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Written by L. Hamre

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Her child would change the world. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nativity  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,553 (UK) (8 December 2006)

Gross:

$37,617,947 (USA) (12 January 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film combines the stories told in two different Gospels. In The Gospel According to Matthew, Joseph and Mary live in Bethlehem, but flee to avoid Herod's Massacre of the Innocents. Jesus is born, and his birth is attended by Three Wise Men. In The Gospel according to Luke, Mary and Joseph live in Nazareth, but travel to Bethlehem to register for Augustus Caesar's census. Jesus's birth is attended by Shepherds. Joseph and Mary subsequently return safely to Nazareth. Historians have taken issue with both stories. Herod's Massacre of the Innocents is not found in any other historical records. While the Romans did take censuses regularly, they differ from the census described in the Gospels in two ways: first, inhabitants were not required to return to their ancestral homelands. Secondly, men could file as heads of household, thus registering themselves, their wives, and any children they had or were expecting. Thus, it was highly unlikely that Joseph would have to travel to Bethlehem if he lived in Nazareth, much less take with him a woman so close to giving birth. See more »

Goofs

The old shepherd's mustache is yellowed by nicotine, a sign of habitual smoking. While cannabis and hookah pipes were familiar to the Middle East as early as 2000 BC, tobacco wasn't introduced to the old world until the late 16th century. See more »

Quotes

Anna: An angel told you this? That you will bear the son of God? Mary...
Mary: Elizabeth had a baby, even in her old age.
Joaquim: Elizabeth has a husband!
Anna: Women have been put to death for this. They could stone you in the streets.
Mary: Father, I have broken no vow.
Joaquim: You have broken every vow, Mary! Was it one of those soldiers? Was it?
Mary: I have told the truth. Whether you believe it is your choice, not mine.
See more »


Soundtracks

In Rosa Vernat Lilium
(The Rose and the Lily)
Music by Mychael Danna
Lyrics by Elizabeth Danna
Performed by Azam Ali
Azam Ali appears courtesy of Six Degrees Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This is no low budget attempt at portraying the Biblical account
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is no low budget made for TV, direct to DVD, or "preaching to the choir" type film. Quite the contrary. Like Mel Gibson's The Passion, The Nativity Story delivers the quality acting, cinematography, musical score, special effects, direction, sound, production, etc. we've grown accustomed to receiving from the most skillful members of the Motion Picture industry.

I was particularly appreciative of the way phrases in the Bible which can often be overlooked like, "Joseph...not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly." came to life on film. We see just how they would have very likely played out in the very personal lives and communities this all took place in. I found the scene riveting when Joseph labors to come up with that initial plan to send her away, and then announces it to Mary and her parents who are there with him. Also, the courage and faith needed by Joseph and Mary to believe God took on a whole new understanding when seeing how the culture they likely lived in brought intense pressures which would have very well been cause to shrink away in fear in the face of had not they obeyed the angel's charges to "do not be afraid."

A real strength of the film, I believe, was in how scenes that were straight from the Bible either used the words of the Bible practically verbatim, or at least there was just unspoken acting out the heart of the scene, with little to no unnecessary additions to the Biblical account. This, I believe, let's the Bible speak for itself for the most part and for that I send a big thank you to Mike Rich as the screenplay writer in getting to the heart of the personal lives of those involved in Jesus' conception and birth while seeking to be true to the text's original meaning. And to Catherine Hardwicke and all others involved in getting the Biblical account onto this media with all their professional skills, I say thanks as well. I'd love to see many more "Accounts" (the connotation of the word "Story" weakens the impact in my mind...but that's just me) from the Bible put to film by this great team assembled to produce The Nativity (Story).


143 of 172 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If you follow the word of Jesus aren't you Jewish... goddessxinda
Mary's age??? DrModel17
Favorite Nativity depicted on film? angmc43
Did any one else notice? hellokitty23142
Discuss The Nativity Story (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?