The Star (2017)

Out Now On-Demand

It takes many tails to tell the greatest story ever.

Steven Yeun (AMC's Walking Dead), Keegan-Michael Key (TV's Key and Peele) and Aidy Bryant (TV's Girls) star in this CG-animated family adventure that tells the story of the very first Christmas.

A small but brave donkey named Bo (Yeun) yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (Bryant), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (Key), a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.

The Guardian (UK)


Some future shelf life in seminaries seems likely, but as festive treats for kids go, it's like asking for a selection box and being force fed communion wafers instead.

TimeOut (London)


Unless you have tiny, religious children, it's probably best to avoid it.

Hollywood Reporter


While the movie never soars or burns especially bright, it delivers a modicum of magic without getting pious or gushy.

Variety (USA)


"The Star" delivers a fresh take on a story that its Christian target audience presumably knows by heart, emphasising such qualities as faith, friendship and teamwork in the process.

Huffington Post


The Christmas Story told from a donkey's perspective makes for a fun filled, heart-warming animated movie. Surprisingly good.

The Times (UK)


It's reasonably lively, and not impious (if you ask me), but set against the best cartoons, it's not the greatest story ever told.

The Telegraph (UK)


Delivers ... a preachy, bland and fastidiously inoffensive kind of ersatz fun - a little like those knock-off Christian video games from the early 1990s that mimicked existing hits, but which made you pray for people instead of shoot them.

Sydney Morning Herald


A Biblical variant on Ice Age...