Aimed at a devotional middle-American audience, this never risks the sort of individual perspective necessary to bring the story to life onscreen, for good or ill.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-03-06
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.
Stephan Lee, Entertainment Weekly, 2014-03-02
The film goes wild with helicopter shots of Jesus and his followers traveling through the hills. Who knew Christ was lord of the rings?
Ben Kenigsberg, AV Club, 2014-02-28
The target evangelical audience may well respond enthusiastically, but, unless your own salvation is riding on it, the film is mostly a slog.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2014-02-28
This is more a pageant than a story about characters and their motivations; it's as brusque in its storytelling as an illustrated children's bible, which would at least offer some mystery and grandeur in the composition of its images.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2014-02-28
By playing it so safely reverential, Son of God tends to plod its way to Calvary, begging to be discussed among Bible study groups and positively name-checked in the Sunday sermons.
Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail, 2014-02-28
They have turned the Christ saga into cheese. As in cheesy.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-02-28
Never again will a Sunday school student get lower than a C-minus on this material.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-02-27
The two-hour film condenses about four hours of what already was hasty television, and it all winds up a little dramatically static.
Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, 2014-02-27
It's a movie that embraces the nearly pedagogical predictability of lines like "Where's Judas? You seen him?" or "Thomas, stop doubting."
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2014-02-27
Son of God takes no real chances, opting for a moderately involving re-telling of an oft-told story.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2014-02-27
The condensed "Son of God" tries to relay the messianic story plain and simple.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2014-02-27
The movie feels duty-bound to stay absolutely faithful to its sacred source material. It's the classic dilemma of the proselytizer: How far into the secular world can you go to deliver your message?
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2014-02-27
A film that is almost invariably heavy-handed and obvious from beginning to end ...
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-02-27
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.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2014-02-27
Considering just how popular Jesus is, you'd think he'd get better treatment
Jordan Hoffman, Film.com, 2014-02-27
He walks on water, heals the sick and raises the dead. But not even Jesus can transform "Son of God" into a compelling epic.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2014-02-27
Don't expect to see a great film, or even a very good one.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2014-02-27