Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 28, 2013
    70
    Told with great earnestness and a Hans Zimmer score, The Bible hits only a few conspicuously awkward notes.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    It often plays more like an action film than a serious interpretation of a holy book.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    This Bible probably won't offend anyone, but it's hard to imagine it will inspire anyone, either.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    This is like dramatizing War and peace without commenting on war or peace. [11 Mar 2013, p.46]
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 4, 2013
    63
    Much of this is tediously drawn out, with crazy fly-overs between Biblical Chapters that may make you think it’s “Survivor: Holy Lands,” which, of course, it is.... Things really pick up when Jesus shows up.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    The Bible has the misfortune of looking cheap in comparison to the visual feast provided by the preceding Vikings. And the acting isn't nearly strong enough to overcome this.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 4, 2013
    40
    The Bible according to Burnett and Downey is a handsome and generally expensive-looking production, but it is also flat and often tedious, even when it tends to the hysterical, and as hard as the Hans Zimmer soundtrack strains to keep you on the edge of your sofa.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 4, 2013
    20
    With the pace of a music video, the characterizations of a comic book and the political-correctness quotient of a Berkeley vegetarian commune this production makes Cecil B. DeMille look like a sober theologian.
  9. 50
    I suspect that viewers who know the Bible well will be annoyed by "The Bible," while those who are casual students will be alternately mildly entertained and fairly bored. People with no religious beliefs probably won't watch anyway, but if they do, they could wind up confused or amused.
  10. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 1, 2013
    30
    The result is a mini-series full of emoting that does not register emotionally, a tableau of great biblical moments that doesn’t convey why they’re great.
  11. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Feb 28, 2013
    40
    As is, The Bible sometimes feels too facile, like a colorful Sunday school pop-up book come to life, albeit one with much more graphic violence (which some parents might want to preview before sharing with their kids).
  12. 30
    There's no character work here, no interesting reinterpretations of a classic text, no inspired acting. Just cardboard characters surrounded by CGI frippery.
  13. Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    Feb 28, 2013
    33
    [A] cheesefest miniseries.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 12 out of 21
  1. May 1, 2013
    0
    There are so many thing wrong with the show i CBA to explain
  2. 007
    Mar 5, 2013
    5
    The entire Bible itself, is a book that cannot be covered in the realm of a medium. There will be omissions and changes made to have a more Hollywood type of a plot. This series is produced by The History Channel, and will (by no doubt) try to "Americanize" it by adding more drama and forced conflict to the already well written story. It appears that they have spent more time on their other new series "Vikings", than have spent on the old and new testaments. It's a pity to say, I would rather watch a show on Vikings, than I would on the Bible. Shame. Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Historically inaccurate, incredibly biased, poorly written. Much like the book upon which it's based, and the target audience, it cherry-picks what it wants you to know and shovels all the bad parts under the rug to pretend they never existed. Certainly does not belong on the History channel.

    Also, Jesus dies at the end.
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