Casey Crafford
Stephan Lee
March 14, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Son of God

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
138 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/28/14
performer
Diogo Morgado
director
Christopher Spencer
distributor
Fox
genre
Drama

We gave it a C+

Jesus heals the lame, feeds the masses, and revives the dead in this latest telling of the Messiah’s life story, and it’s really just that — a telling. Derived mostly from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s 2013 History Channel series The Bible, this biopic faithfully and inoffensively checks off all of Jesus’ life events, from birth to death, with absolutely no point of view. By and large, the performances do nothing to add any fervor. Portuguese model-turned-actor Diogo Morgado plays Jesus with a good-natured geniality but a total lack of the charisma needed to become the most famous man who ever lived. 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. C+

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