The Bible

Movie review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Biblical reenactments are theatrical and very violent.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 481 minutes
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The series offers interpretations of select biblical stories that are believed to have had a major impact on the world. Not surprisingly, belief in God and Judeo-Christian values are major themes here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Biblical figures range from faithful leaders like Abraham, Moses, and Jesus to sinners like Mary Magdalene and Judas. Some sinners repent, some don't.

Violence

Contains a lot of graphically violent images. People (including infants) are shown being stabbed, whipped, bludgeoned, drowned, and crucified; images of bloody wounds and dead people of all ages are frequent. The sacrificial slaughter of animals is also visible.

Sex

Contains discussions about having children; subtle references are made to having sex, promiscuity, and adultery. Men are often shirtless and in loincloths; on one occasion a woman is shown in various stages of undress, but no nudity is visible.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is sometimes consumed during religious ceremonies and during meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Bible contains lots of violent and bloody scenes, including beatings, drownings, and the murdering of infants and adults. It also features a very lengthy and graphic reenactment of a crucifixion. Adultery is discussed, and men are often shown shirtless and in loin cloths and occasionally women are shown undressed (but no real nudity). Wine is sometimes consumed during religious ceremonies and over meals. All of this is offered in context, but it may be too intense for younger and/or sensitive viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 March 28, 2013

Wow!

I was amazed. For Christians, this will provide a channel for them to relate with their faith's ancestry and to witness the bible as it is. Regardless, th... Continue reading
Adult Written byamom1st March 13, 2013

Take care, this is not Sunday School.

Okay...this is a very difficult one to review. Having seen several episodes I feel I can attempt it now. We made the mistake of allowing our children to watch t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBluesky123 March 20, 2013

Awesome Show!

I think this is a great series! It lacks explanation on what it's showing, though, so it's helpful to have a bible on hand while watching this show to... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bysarahr_777 April 4, 2013

Great!

I think this was an AMAZING series. I saw it on the History Channel, it was such a good movie. It helped show many interesting yet informative stories in the Bi... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE BIBLE is a docudrama that features adaptations of known Bible stories that are believed to have changed the world. From the stories of Noah's Ark and Moses (played by William Houston), to the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth (Diogo Morgado), the series offers dramatic renditions of biblical tales that are understood to have a major impact on the way people interpret good, evil, faith, and religion around the globe.

Is it any good?

Those looking for an objective, history-oriented discussion of the Bible and its overall impact on humanity will not find it here. Some may also object to the representations of biblical figures, which reflect a very glamorous notion of what people looked and sounded like at the time. But viewers looking for an interesting and/or entertaining Judeo-Christian themed interpretation of Bible stories will find it worth watching.

The series, which is co-produced by Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey, attempts to reflect the essence of each story by following the traditional narratives about well-known biblical figures while adding flair with lots of theatrically violent action scenes and interesting actor portrayals of archangels and death. However, there is little explanation offered about why these events are believed to have changed the world. As a result, tales about acts like Abraham's banishment of his son Ishmael (which many believe led to the division between the Hebrews and the Arabs), are never contextualized, leaving those who are unfamiliar with these stories without any knowledge of their significance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about media portrayals of the Bible. Why are there so many movies based on bible stories? What are some of the most famous actor portrayals of biblical figures? If you were to choose a story from the Bible to reenact, which one would it be? Why?

  • Is there anything controversial in this depiction of important religious stories?

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