Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent.
| Original Score: 69/100
A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this.
| Original Score: 2/5
Built upon a powerful but gimmicky end, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would make a fine short. As a full-length feature, though, the pajamas wear thin quickly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.
| Original Score: 5/5
We are left in no doubt about the brutality of what's going on there but it's almost entirely off-screen. Still, the film is terribly confronting.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This writer can't remember witnessing a harder-hitting kids' movie denouement than the one that closes this microcosm of middle-class German family life in WWII.
| Original Score: 4/6
Much of the film depends on our ability to suspend disbelief and see the world as Bruno sees it. It has a finale designed to shock.
You may get halfway through and wonder why it's getting so heavily recommended here. Once you've experienced it in its entirety, you'll know why.
For me, the pluses far outweighed any misgivings I had with this ultimately very moving film.
| Original Score: 4/5
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The story is passable, albeit a little too manufactured for my taste in terms of its moral lessons, but the execution is so stilted and unconvincing that the experience is uncomfortable
The power of this story and the way director Mark Herman tells it through the innocent eyes of an eight year old boy overcome all the hurdles with its child-like simplicity that clutches our hearts
The novel was written for young adults and the film feels like it pulls its punches. The final horrifying revelation is still a long way from the painful realities of those days.
| Original Score: 7/10
When the time comes for resolution, writer/ director Mark Herman suddenly delivers the unexpected; he does not sell out.
| Original Score: 77/100
Why do the all the Nazis here have British accents? How confusing is that? An unintentionally-comical cross of Hogan's Heroes and Springtime for Hitler!
| Original Score: 1/4
The picture is blatantly obvious, pandering, and rather insulting.
The inevitability of the loss of innocence and tragedy is a heavy burden for the audience to bear.
| Original Score: C+
A harrowing, unforgettable film. I highly recommend it.
While effective in spots, the abrupt, powerful ending would have worked better as a short story.
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