The Reader Reviews

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
The film's exploration of the Holocaust's fallout on subsequent generations is harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
A holocaust movie with a deep, twisting dive into a dense tangle of thorny moral, ethical, situational and emotional issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Winslet fashions Hanna as the most banal and mundane of evildoers.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
A film that will haunt you for months with its fleeting and subtle examinations on morality, love and guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
October 20, 2010
Manipulative and flawed, but interesting and occasionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
A decades-spanning drama that dives into the slippery human nature of lust, manipulation, retribution and doubt. "The Reader" is a phenomenally tragic story of people eternally connected, never knowing whether it's by true love or unshakable regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009
Daldry's directorial restraint and power perfectly serves David Hare's impressive screenplay and delivers a memorable movie-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 9, 2009
En el terreno en que la película triunfa sobre todo es en el de la reflexión, que se impone posteriormente al mero recuerdo de la anécdota que narra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2009
I have no doubt that the novel makes this movie seem but a glissando of a complex series of emotional notes, but I can say that I was torn up every which way by the end of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2009
If Winslet carries the complex psychological intrigue of the film on her shoulders, David Kross carries the heart of it on his.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
March 24, 2009
Winslet creates a flawed and fascinating villain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
March 21, 2009
An intriguing journey: love story without love, war story without war, and ultimately a meditation upon our inability to normalise an understanding of what life would have been like for those living in Nazi Germany.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 21, 2009
This movie invites you to unlock the mystery. Would you be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect a secret?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Evan Williams
The Australian
February 27, 2009
It is a majestically sombre, always gripping film, told with immense restraint and no hint of sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Despite my problems with The Reader, it's still a film well worth seeing, although far from Oscar worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 21, 2009
Succeeds on its own terms mainly because of Kate Winslet's earnest Oscar fixated performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dave Calhoun
Time Out Sydney
February 20, 2009
Its issues are infinite and moveable. It's a bold and challenging work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Peter Galvin
FILMINK (Australia)
February 20, 2009
The Reader is all about secrets and lies and the possibility that monstrous actions are not a function of something called Evil, but something messier, stranger and more common to all.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
February 20, 2009
Daldry and Hare replicate adroitly the moral balancing act that makes the book so fascinating...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 20, 2009
I was incredibly moved by this film, the way it delves into emotional investment, the power of literature to humanise, the whole ambition to encompass the responsibility of a nation for the evil that occurred.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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