The Nativity Story

Movie review by Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

The Bible on the big screen: New take on old tale.

PG 2006 102 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 10+

the original Christmas story

This isn't for young children. If they enjoy hearing the story of Jesus's birth they should see, hear or read a sanitized version. That said, this provides details, some of which are speculative, that you don't usually hear. Viewers will get new insight into the story of Mary and Joseph. The playful way in which they interacted at the beginning of the movie will tell viewers, especially adolescents, that couples back then were in many ways no different from modern couples. While most people who watch are no doubt religious, nonbelievers will enjoy this movie too, as it has messages that resonate with believers and nonbelievers alike, such as generosity, goodwill and weathering life's difficulties.
age 13+

Childbirth scenes

The birth scenes (Elizabeth of John the Baptist and Mary of Jesus) are intense but not graphic. Kids (I think) need a grasp of what childbirth is. If they do it is a great opportunity to show that though these women are in intense pain the outcome is a miracle!

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