Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 8 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 27, 2014
    75
    It's a capable Sunday school lesson with little for anyone to challenge and practically nothing that offends.
  2. 63
    Unlike “The Passion of the Christ,” there’s no Aramaic with English subtitles, a lot less blood and no anti-Semitism. No character feels like a caricature... But it’s also dramatically flat, with few actors making much of an impression as they play saints and sinners.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Feb 28, 2014
    58
    At best, this version succeeds as a Sunday school supplement. But the blandness is enough to make you long for Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."
  4. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Feb 28, 2014
    50
    Son of God's earnest-ness is not necessarily a strike against it; it was made by earnest people who want to spread the word. But it's a tough draught to swallow if you're not in the mood for a sermon.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    So yes, if you’ve seen "The Bible," you’ve already seen most of Son of God – but if there’s one story where spoilers just don’t apply, it’s the Greatest One Ever Told.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    It’s hard to think of another movie in which Jesus’ followers are so clearly shown as Jews themselves. There’s a quietly powerful post-Crucifixion scene in which the disciples say Kaddish for their fallen leader.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    The film does thoroughly succeed in one important regard: offering a coherent, viewer-friendly account of the life of Jesus Christ.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    It's undoubtedly a daunting role, and Morgado captures the gentle benevolence associated with the messianic figure. He doesn't, however, project the authority, gravitas or depth of a spiritual leader.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    This quite mediocre spawned-from-television feature feels like a Jesus film designed primarily for true believers, meaning that the faith-based public that has already been put on alert by seal-of-approval-dispensing church leaders that this is a film to see will make the Fox release into a significant Heartland attraction.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    For the most part, though, the film maintains its low ambitions; it is mostly inoffensive, only occasionally ludicrous, and at times, at least for me, genuinely moving.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    Director Christopher Spencer’s biblical yarn lacks the complex rigor of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” and the fury of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” leaving its star, Diogo Morgado, stuck in a film that’s stiff and earnest.
  12. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Feb 27, 2014
    50
    This is a rich, and important story. There’s no argument there. The only problem with “Son of God” is that there are much more compelling ways to tell it.
  13. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 26, 2014
    50
    Son of God is guilty of all the sins of the 1950s Bible epics, but without any of the majesty.
  14. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    42
    There is nothing in this version that make any of this feel urgent or even important.
  15. 40
    Their movie has its moments, to be sure, and the target evangelical audience may well respond enthusiastically, but, unless your own salvation is riding on it, the film is mostly a slog.
  16. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Feb 27, 2014
    40
    If "The Bible" was CliffsNotes for the Scriptures, Son of God is the cheat sheet. The two-hour film condenses about four hours of what already was hasty television, and it all winds up a little dramatically static.
  17. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 27, 2014
    40
    A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History’s hugely popular 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its smallscreen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 27, 2014
    38
    It is the story of the faith in which I was raised, and it is a story told here with great reverence and extremely faithful renditions of scenes from the New Testament. But, alas, it’s not a good movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Feb 27, 2014
    37
    Don’t expect to see a great film, or even a very good one. Whether you discover a meaningful channel with which to continue your walk with the film’s protagonist, however, is strictly between you and your god.
  20. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Feb 27, 2014
    30
    Son of God may have hit the mark if part of the goal was to create a portrait flat enough to allow audience members to project their own feelings onto the screen.
  21. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Feb 26, 2014
    30
    Excerpted from The History Channel’s 10-part 2013 miniseries The Bible, then given extra footage, Son Of God boils the life of Jesus down to feature-length, but it plays less like a movie than a hastily edited attempt to explore a new revenue stream.
  22. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Mar 5, 2014
    20
    Not to be glib but, obviously, believers will feel reaffirmed, and those looking to again enjoy and be enriched by the miraculous life and greatest sacrifice of Jesus will be rewarded. More casual viewers will find themselves glazing over from the obviousness of it all.
  23. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Feb 27, 2014
    20
    Son of God is a narrative shambles, more thudding than thunderous, shot with no spirit or distinction, always feeling like a sprawling TV miniseries cut up to fit into theatrical running time.
  24. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 27, 2014
    20
    For a movie with the ostensible mission of spreading the Gospel, it does a poor job of speaking to anyone except the faithful.
  25. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Feb 27, 2014
    12
    The film plays for much of its length like a terrible sketch comedy with one-dimensional caricatures shuffling listlessly through a succession of stilted tableaux.
User Score
3.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. Mar 2, 2014
    10
    Excellent reminder of what this life is all about, and how we should live our life and why. It's good to have a way to share your faith with your grandchildren. Full Review »
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    4
    But, revere them or reject them, in my mind the Christ stories that generated the most controversy were the most interesting films. Son Of God is TV-movie watchable, but it is not the greatest telling of ostensibly the greatest story ever told. Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2014
    2
    The movie barley passed as a "B" movie and all I could think of was "when will this get over". The acting was VERY limited and the the movie. It would have been nice if there was an opportunity for actors to actually say more than five (5) words per line, The film (can't really call it a movie) jumped around without telling a story or being entertaining. It was easy to tell that it was culled from a miniseries and not a true movie. Two thumbs down. Full Review »