The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Reviews

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November 12, 2020
British director Mark Herman's film... is moving and thought provoking, and handles its subject matter with great sensitivity. It deserves to be seen by young and old.
September 4, 2020
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas may very well be 2008's most important family film.
September 2, 2020
Despite the film's various weaknesses, however, it's hard not to be moved by its ending.
May 4, 2020
A superb adaptation of John Boyne's novel bears witness to the unyielding horror of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child.
December 12, 2018
This intelligent film offers a fresh perspective on an oft-portrayed period, asking the viewer to question his own assumptions about what he expects and wants from such a telling.
July 12, 2012
Not without its qualities, the movie ultimately does a disservice to the very people it purports to represent.
November 17, 2011
[Director] Mark Herman knows how to milk the melodrama from every scene, but viewers may feel a little icky about the experience.
July 14, 2011
A film dealing with the Holocaust really should be a little less clumsily executed, manipulative and contrived than this.
August 14, 2009
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.
May 13, 2009
The result isn't a deep film, but rather a profound one.
May 1, 2009
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.
April 24, 2009
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.
April 24, 2009
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.
April 24, 2009
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.
April 24, 2009
For me, the pluses far outweighed any misgivings I had with this ultimately very moving film.
April 23, 2009
The performances never falter, and even James Horner's heavy-handed score can't dim the film's unfathomable, unshakable ending.
April 18, 2009
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
April 18, 2009
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
March 30, 2009
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.
March 23, 2009
When the time comes for resolution, writer/ director Mark Herman suddenly delivers the unexpected; he does not sell out.
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