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Review Roundup: SON OF GOD Brings BIBLE to Big Screen

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's Son Of God opens in theaters nationwide today. The movie features scenes from the couple's epic miniseries THE BIBLE, as well as previously unseen deleted scenes.

The fillm stars Diogo Morgado, Greg Hicks, Adrian Schiller, Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Joe Wredden, Simon Kunz, Paul Marc Davis, Matthew Gravelle, Amber Rose Revah and Downey.

This major motion picture brings the story of Jesus' life to audiences through compelling cinematic storytelling that is both powerful and inspirational. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar-winner Hans Zimmer.

What did the critics have to say?

Martin Tsai | Los Angeles Times

"In the beginning was the Bible. The Bible begat the History Channel's THE BIBLE miniseries. Now THE BIBLE has begotten the movie SON OF GOD, which is essentially the second half of the miniseries, the New Testament, recut to feature length." Read the full review here.

Nicolas Rapold | The New York Times

"Mr. Morgado's Jesus is steadfast and has a generic charismatic glow but little feeling of depth; he seems like a visual supplement to his words. But the director, Christopher Spencer, and the producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (who also plays Mary) are obviously trying for a broad, nod-along appeal, smearing on a smidgen of gore as if mindful of the positively radical blockbuster THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, and ending on a note of evangelism." Read the full review here.

Teddy Durgin | Screen It!

"Bottom line? Son Of God will prove an inevitably powerful experience for Christian audiences. It's a film made for them by people who do seem to have noble intentions. So, why another Jesus movie, some of you ask? Yeah, I ask the same thing about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, James Bond, Jason Voorhees, and so on and so on. Some stories just bear re-telling and re-casting." Read the full review here.


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