The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has criticised the children's film "The Golden Compass" starring Nicole Kidman, calling it "anti-Christmas."
Co-starring British actor Daniel Craig, the film is a "fantasy saga with 1960s sauce," the paper said in its Tuesday evening edition.
"The fact that the film earned only 25 million dollars in box office on the first weekend is a consolation," L'Osservatore Romano said.
The movie, an adaptation of "The Northern Lights," the first book in British author Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy, has been criticized by Christian groups as being anti-religious.
AP Pictures from the Australian premiere this week: