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  • I don't get the bad reviews of this film at all. Yes it won't win an Oscar but these films are just what you want at Christmas. A story with a lot of heart and lovely catchy cheesy songs and cute kids. Simon Lipkin adds more heart to the story and I'm always amazed at how they make these films almost completely improvised.
  • Words can't explain the fresh Hell I have just experienced watching this movie. Please heed my advice and steer clear. Amateur hour
  • richardwillner24 November 2018
    Two things: 1) My five-year-old loved it 2) This film gives all amateur film-makers hope. If this can be made then anything can, so for that reason it should get decent marks.
  • Why are there so many bloody sequels to Nativity? The first one is justified to exist as just another mediocre Christmas movie with a bit of charm, but I have no clue why the hell they've made 3 SEQUELS. Especially when these movies earn almost nothing at the box office and are only ever popular in the UK, and even THEN the numbers are disappointing. These movies only exist to cash in on some poor grandparents who want to take their kids to see a movie for Christmas. Why not watch something ''Christmassy'' with actual effort placed into it like Arthur Christmas or the stop-motion Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer movie? Nearly anything besides the Santa Claus movies is better than Nativity. This movie is just like every other movie in this "franchise": Terrible writing, acting and just about everything. Please stop seeing these movies, because even a single penny will keep them around for longer.
  • Currently watching this on boxing day with an 8 year old that likes rock music 🎶 We have had a few giggles and enjoyed the message especially love when Mr poppy said that the school badge means the refugee now has a family, such a beautiful thing to say. Enjoy it for what it is!
  • 4 December 2018 First Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - Nativity Rocks. This is outing number four in the Nativity genre and in this instalment we are introduced to Mr Poppy's brother, Mr Poppy! This time round the city of Coventry is competing to be the city of Christmas by staging a rock opera which is to be directed by Emmanuel Cavendish, played by Craig Revel Horwood, who is overacting his socks off. Stick to the stage darling it's much more your scene. Introduce a large collection of small children singing and dancing, combine it with a group of adults who really shouldn't be in charge of the small children, and you find that slapstick and nonsense abound making this film weaker than its previous instalments. However even though the scenes are all a little tired it is good to have a family film at Christmas that doesn't take too much effort to watch, I'm sure the children will love it. Bring back Mr Poppy, because Mr Poppy really doesn't cut it. I think it may be time to put this particular baby back in its manger.
  • Utterly terrible. The first three atleast had something to like about them. The new Mr. Poppy is utterly irritating throughout, and the children don't really have a part to play like they did in the first three. Lazy writing and irritating plot flaws all the way through the film. Started laughing about how bad it was near to the end.
  • Which figures, as the film is a dogs dinner. Glad I only paid for it a r kids club
  • TheLittleSongbird23 December 2018
    Found myself liking the first 'Nativity' film for what it was, it wasn't exactly great but it achieved the goal at setting out what it wanted to do and not trying to do much than needed. Many are critical of the second film, personally found it watchable if unexceptional. The third film was a mess, so expectations were not high watching 'Nativity Rocks', out of curiosity, and did question its necessity.

    'Nativity Rocks' turned to be even worse and even more sorry than the previous film, as far as 2018 films go for me this is easily down there with the worst (excluding the output of SyFy and The Asylum for a moment). Said for that film that the second film was a masterpiece compared to it, regardless of its faults, 'Nativity Rocks' manages the dubious and seemingly impossible distinction of making the third film look good. Mentioned me questioning its necessity before watching, still feel that another film was really not needed and there was a sense that not much effort was made here.

    There is only one good thing in 'Nativity Rocks' and that is the cheerful soundtrack. The one thing that has any cheerfulness in sight.

    However, the children are nowhere near as natural and tend to mug, Simon Lipkin is annoying and talented actors like Celia Imrie and Anna Chancellor are wasted with far too little to do. 'Strictly Come Dancing's' Craig Revel Horwood is another story, his performance having more ham than a big gammon dinner and making wildly over-acted villains in local pantomimes more subtle in comparison. None of the characters engage, with not much personality for some and others being irritating.

    In terms of the story, 'Nativity Rocks' is all over the place, endlessly predictable, ridiculous and contrived with erratic pacing (leaning towards being too padded) in the too infrequent instances of any glimpses of a story being in sight. No personality in the direction and it is surprising that 'Nativity Rocks' was released in cinemas when it has such a straight to video/DVD look.

    Biggest problem is the script. There is nothing natural about the improvisatory nature of some of it. The jokes are puerile and juvenile even by younger viewer standards, there is very little to interest adults and some of the schmaltz gets too much. No heart, warmth or charm here, much of it is bland, mean-spirited and childish.

    Altogether, very poor film and doesn't rock in any way. 1/10 Bethany Cox
  • This was utterly abhorrent. From a lead that is impossible to sympathise with to dreadful performances, Nativity Rocks is another shining example of British Movie tat.
  • robert-frankland9 December 2018
    We walked out after 10 minutes. Puerile unfunny embarrassing film.
  • Typical Nativity fare following the formula of old just with leftist pro illegal migrant feel good propaganda thrown in for good measure. There's a new Mr Poppy, the kids ended up really missing the actor who played him in the previous three films, they loved Craig Revel Horwood who hams it up as the bad guy very well. It's not great but by no means as terrible as you'd think
  • neil-4763 December 2018
    Warning: Spoilers
    Jerry Poppy arrives at St Bernadette's Primary School looking for his brother Desmond, only to find he has gone to Australia. Jerry immediately feels at home as he gets involved with creating a Christmas rock opera for Coventry. However, egotistical Emanuel Cavendish is directing, so all may not go well.

    This is the fourth in the series of Christmas Nativity films written and directed by Debbie Isitt, all of them built round the exploits of idiot man-child Mr Poppy at St Bernadette's. We have a new Mr Poppy this time, but he's as much of an idiot as his predecessor.

    Let's be brutal - these films aren't very good. The stories are naive twaddle, Mr Poppy, whether Desmond or Jerry, is a ridiculous caricature and wouldn't be allowed near a classroom of primary school children, the children themselves are not at the talented end of the scale as child performers, the songs are fairly naff...

    And it's worth pointing out that Craig Revell Horwood as baddie Cavendish, is lucky that he didn't have acting judges commenting on his performance.

    But there is a gauche naive charm to these films. They are full of heart, there is no harm to them, and they are often funny, albeit on a lowest common denominator level. I could have done without the vaguely leftists "Support illegal immigrants" subtext in this one, but the family message is a good one.

    These films are a guilty pleasure.
  • Easiest way to sum this up is awful, the acting the storyline the casting, chuckled at 1 scene in the whole movie. Also seems to be made by 'immigrants wekcome' Group. Don't make the mistake I did & pay to see this
  • Technicaly very good filmmaking made with iphones probably and edited on a laptop. I am actually very pro amateur filmmaking. So this gets a 6/10 for that. It gives us all hope that very good talents and an iPhone is all you need to make a good movie. One that even gets released in the cinemas accross the country. It gives young and new filmmakers a hope for the future. Great!

    As a parent I found it tedious to sit through but enjoyed the occassional silliness. My children, however, absolutely loved it. It is a very British, locay identifiable movie for them.

    Now the hugely leftist agenda of the movie. Nothing wrong with that. Except that it is very clever to package it within a conservative sounding movie title such as 'Nativity Rocks'.

    Interestingly, the immigrant Syrian is very 'christian', occidental (looks very much like a Norwegian or Swedish), rock song singing, guitar wielding, etc. etc. It was all very bizzare... and Christmassy. So its all good.

    Look, it might feel like torture, but the children are going to love it. We were forced to choose this as The Grinch had run out of tickets. Actually, I keep thinking that the children seemed to have enjoyed this more than the multimillion dollar Grinch as we eventually got to see that a week later. Interestingly, the Grinch is also played by a Brit. There are a couple of tear jerkers in the Grinch but the sheer silliness and constant verbosity and action of Nativity Rocks made it a winner with my chidren.

    Thanks for reading.
  • scg_19725 December 2018
    Fun family movie set in the Midlands, although predicable story line, it has been tastefully done. The kids are stars..
  • It's a lovely heart warming film which we and the kids enjoyed. Shame the original mr poppy isn't featured as the kids were asking after him but they all loved the film and enjoyed the music. It is slightly on the political side but then maybe it serves as a good reminder to think of others at Christmas?
  • We love all the nativity films, great fun!

    The only reason I can see for a low score is that some people take life too seriously. It is what it is, a fun Christmas film!
  • Pretty painful to watch but I can imagine it appealing to some children as pure pantomime. The acting is generally terrible and the story is quite preposterous.

    If you have nothing else to watch and don't need to dedicate more than a few brain cells to this then it's OK but otherwise you'll never feel like you've missed out on not seeing this.
  • I saw this film before Christmas last year and I got to say I wasn't impressed. The other Nativity films were better but this one had a completely different cast compared to its predecessors. The storylines were weak and I found it unsettling where a full grown man was in a bedroom playing with 2 children. Totally inappropriate, hope there will be no more made as that killed the franchise for me. Saw The Grinch around the same time and that was the better of the new Christmas films for 2018 so would recommend that instead.
  • This is a kids movie and it's very cute. I actually saw it on TV and it caught my attention. I really recommend it, especially for kids.

    I can see from critiques that it's a sort of improvisation, so I'm even more impressed.
  • Dead easy just film a film with a refugee in and every toss pot between Dover and penrith will say its crap.

    Thr film itself is good as long as you don't expect a continuation from the other films .not as good as 1 and 2 but better than 3. Nice Christmas message in a load of improvisation
  • jboothmillard21 December 2020
    Warning: Spoilers
    The first film is the only worthwhile entry in this British Christmas franchise, while the sequels Danger in the Manger! and Dude, Where's My Donkey?! were terrible, and, having read the negative reviews, my hopes were very low for the fourth film, directed by Debbie Isitt (Confetti). Basically, Jerry Poppy (Simon Lipkin), the long-lost brother of Desmond Poppy, has come looking for his brother at St. Bernadette's Catholic school in Coventry. But Desmond has already gone, having moved to Australia, so headteacher Mrs. Keen (Celia Imrie) allows Jerry to stay and become the new teaching assistant. Jerry is equally as childish, over-the-top, and enthusiastic about Christmas, music, and spending time with the children as his brother. Meanwhile, arriving in the United Kingdom from Syria is child refugee Doru (Brian Bartle), who has been separated from his father. He is currently being looked after by Nina (Meera Syal), but Jerry is determined to help him find his dad. Jerry meanwhile has nowhere to live, and he is thrown out after it doesn't work out staying with teacher Mr. Johnson (Daniel Boys). So, Jerry stays in the house of pupil Barnaby Hargreaves (Rupert Turnbull), who hides from Barnaby's parents, father Robert (Hugh Dennis) and mother Clara (Anna Chancellor). Jerry is highly excited about the chance to perform a rock opera, which will be overseen by successful theatre musical producer Emmanuel Cavendish (Craig Revel Horwood). In the end, Jerry and the children perform their rock opera version of the Nativity to a crowd on a public stage. In their musical, Miss Shelly (Helen George), Farmer Beatie (Ruth Jones), Angel Matthews (Jessica Hynes) and the Lord Mayor (Vincent Franklin) make appearances. Cavendish does threaten to spoil it, due to being rejected from the show, but he is allowed onstage. In the end, Doru is reunited with his father (Ramin Karimloo), and Jerry and the kids are delighted as the show is applauded by the crowd. Also starring Gabriel Vick as Hugo Alexander, and Trish Adudu as Reporter. Lipkin is perhaps an even more increased version of original star Marc Wooton, much more irritating, childish, and over-the-top, becoming almost creepy, the other well-known cast members are wasted, and the Strictly Come Dancing judge in his film debut is only mildly memorable essentially being himself. Like the three predecessors there are plenty of song and dance numbers, some good some naff, and the children are cute, but the script is terrible, the subplots in between the main plot are pointless and boring, and the jokes are dismal, this is easily the worst of the family film series so far, an awful seasonal comedy. Pretty poor!
  • As a metalhead I'm sick of Mainstream pop culture people appropriating metal/rock culture. Hipsters stealing black metal logos, kim Kardashian wearing slayer shirts.. Its offensive to real metal heads and rockers. School of Rock was great as it was heart felt, original and most of all Jack Black has the true blood of rock and heavy metal flowing through his veins. This guy whoever his name is does not. Also if you are going to cover a song from Rainbow, then please stick to the Dio era. Since you've been gone is trendy pop music. Yeah this sucks, fake wanna be metal guy poseur, get in the sea!
  • An upgrade on the preceding sequel, that's for sure.

    I don't actually dislike 'Nativity Rocks!', to be fair. It isn't good, or even close, but I do acknowledge what they attempt with this. The opening parts of the film are hit-and-miss, especially with the introduction of a new face.

    Simon Lipkin replaces Marc Wootton in the goofball role, coming in as the brother (Jerry) of the latter (Desmond). Early on, I found Lipkin's character very obnoxious. However, to my surprise, he actually grew on me by the end. Wootton isn't all that missed in truth.

    The story between Doru (Brian Bartle) and his father (Ramin Karimloo) is fairly hearty, if a little ill-fitting for this type of film. Ruth Jones, Hugh Dennis and Meera Syal are solid casts, while Helen George is a likeable addition.

    Overall it's poor, but for a third sequel - which follows an awful installment - it does an alright job. There are rumours of a fifth film coming in the future. I mean, I'd watch it as I'm a completionist but...
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