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

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

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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.


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.


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.

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 byDerek B. June 13, 2021

(15+) Because of violence

No one under the age of 15+
Written byAnonymous November 22, 2018

The butt review

This show has got action and later in the show there is a lot of blood and cruel deaths. There is men and women undressed but there is no nudity or sex. The fir... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bysarahr_777 April 4, 2013


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
Teen, 17 years old Written bybrodyman1219 October 20, 2020


good movie i recommend it very indie not very popular spread the word on this movie. book is better tho

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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