The Young Messiah

The Young Messiah
The Young Messiah
  • PG-13
  • 1h 50m
  • 2016
Rotten46%
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Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, The Young Messiah imagines a year in the boyhood of Jesus. When the mystery of Jesus' divinity begins to unfold in His early years, He turns to His parents for answers. But Mary and Joseph, in an effort to protect their child, are afraid to reveal all they know. How do you explain the ways of the world to its Creator? Follow the young Messiah as He and His family take the extraordinary journey from Egypt to Nazareth and on to Jerusalem – where His true identity and profound destiny are revealed.

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Entertainment Weekly
Christian Holub
Rotten

The Young Messiah struggles to hold its audience's attention.

June 25, 2017
New York Times
Andy Webster
Rotten

"The Young Messiah" performs no miracles.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Intense drama about Jesus' boyhood looks good, lacks zest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Young Messiah, based on the novel by Anne Rice, focuses on Jesus Christ's life as a young boy. It's set in Biblical-era Judea, and a key part of the story is the Roman soldiers' efforts to track Jesus down -- efforts that include violent (albeit fairly bloodless) clashes, with sword fights, slashing, and death; it's also implied that soldiers are hunting down (and killing) male babies. There are also several crucifixion sequences that show dying victims writhing in agony, as well as some who've already died. Characters drink wine at festive events, some of them quite raucous, though there's no swearing or sex (apart from some scantily clad women, that is). While it's not a gentle story, it does have strong messages about the importance of faith.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 11, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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